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Karel Škréta (1610–1674): His Work and His Era

A research project conducted by the National Gallery in Prague and supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EHP Financial Mechanism.

Duration: December 8, 2008—April 30, 2011

The project was focussed on the comprehensive recording, documentation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of the work of Karel Škréta, a prominent figure of Bohemian and Central European Baroque art, with an emphasis on the European sources in his creative output and the overall cultural and social climate of his day.

Apart from the restoration research of selected works of art, the project clarified key issues relevant to the early stages of Baroque art in Bohemia and Central Europe, with prominence given to the artist’s Italian experience. The related publications, conferences, exhibition and further activities provided a new complex picture of the historical and spiritual developments in the Bohemian Lands of a historical era, whose research in the past had been overly biased by ideological stereotypes.

Due to the fact that Karel Škréta also lived and worked outside the Bohemian Lands, the project included research in other European countries as well, namely Austria, Germany and Italy. The research was conducted by experts from the National Gallery in Prague, in collaboration with specialists from other institutions, particularly the Institute of Art History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Charles University in Prague.

Authors of the Project

Lenka Stolárová—Vít Vlnas

EEA GrantsNational Gallery in Prague