(full name, Karel Škréta Šotnovský ze Závořic). Born 1610 in Prague; buried there Aug. 1, 1674. Czech painter; one of the most outstanding representatives of Bohemian baroque.
Because his family was involved in the Reformation, Škréta was forced to flee from Bohemia to Freiburg, Saxony, in 1628. He studied painting in Italy and in 1638 returned to Prague. He produced religious and mythological works of masterly technique, often incorporating genre motifs, as well as highly expressive portraits, drawings, and illustrations.
REFERENCESNeumann, J. Karel Škréta. Prague, 1956.
Karel Škréta, 1610–1674. Prague, 1974. (Exhibition catalog.)