The Infant of Prague
In 1628, Princess Polyxena von Lobkowicz presented the statue to the Carmelite friars. Upon presenting the statue, the pious Princess Polyxena is said to have uttered a prophetic statement to the religious: “Venerable Fathers, I bring you my dearest possession. Honour this image and you shall never want”. The statue was placed in the oratory of the monastery of Our Lady of Victory, Prague, where special devotions to the Infant Jesus were offered twice a day. Upon hearing of the Carmelites’ devotions and needs, the Emperor Ferdinand II of the House of Habsburg sent along 2,000 florins and a monthly stipend for their support.
The Statue remains on display in the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague, where It attracts thousands of visitors each year. A copy of the Infant Jesus of Prague is on permanent display in the Lobkowicz Palace Museum.
The Infant had always been dressed in splendid gowns, decorated with precious jewels. The oldest extant gown was presented to the Infant Jesus by the Emperor Ferdinand III. In His collection the Infant Jesus has more than a hundred precious dresses and some of them can be seem in the Cathedral’s museum. The Infant Jesus is dressed in the royal dress with an ermine mantle only during coronation ceremonies.