Karel Škréta

(b. c. 1610)

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(b Prague, c.1610; bur. Prague, 1 Aug. 1674).

The outstanding Bohemian painter of the 17th century. After working for several years in Italy and Germany, he settled in Prague in about 1638. He produced a good deal of religious work, but he is best known for his dignified and humane portraits. There are several examples in the Convent of St George (part of the National Gallery), Prague, including Dionysius Miseroni and his Family (c.1653), which is generally considered his masterpiece. It shows a gem cutter with his wife and children, with a view into his workshop behind them.

Subjects: Art.

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