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Self portrait of Karel Škréta, 1647
|Born||Karel Škréta Šotnovský ze Závořic
|Died||July 30, 1674
(aged c. 64)|
|Notable work||Sv. Martin se dělí se žebrákem o plášť, 1645|
Karel Škréta or Carolus Creten (1610 – July 30, 1674) was a Czech Baroque painter.
Škréta was born and died in Prague. His full name was Karel Škréta Šotonovský ze Závořic. Karel learnt painting perhaps from one of the masters at the royal court. He studied in Saxony and in Italy. According to Houbraken he painted portraits and lived together with the respected watercolor painter Willem Bouwer in Rome. He became a member of the Bentvueghels with the nickname Slagzwaart or Slach-sweerd. According to the RKD he was the teacher of the Prague painter Johann Georg Heinsch (1640–1713).
Since 1638 he lived in Prague, where he worked on altarpieces for many churches, for example St. Thomas, St. Stephen or the Church of Our Lady in front of Týn.
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