St Agnes of Prague 1211 - 1282

Agnes - Aneska - as her name was recorded in the baptismal register, stands on the bank of the Moldau (Moldava). The land is damp from the frequent flooding of the river but fertile. The branches of the apple tree embrace Agnes’ neck like a yoke. The tree is full of buds ready to beak into flower and the tree still bears apples. It it like the rees by the river of life in the book of revelation. Flying towards her is a European Vulture or ‘Uhu’ which was for her the symbol of the evil one, and coming over the horizon are the four horsemen of the apocalypse: famine, war, death and plague. Inevitably they are dressed as Mongolian warriors and more vultures stream up behind them.