Welcome to Czechs in History. The 16th and 17th centuries in the Czech lands are sometimes called 'the times of darkness': as the Hapsburg's grip over the Czech Kingdom tightened, the Czech nation experienced religious oppression and German replaced Czech as the country's official language. However, this period produced several outstanding personalities in the field of art, and one of them was the painter Karel Skreta. By Alena Skodova.
In Prague Skreta achieved the impossible: in countless court proceedings, which made him unpopular among his friends, he won back almost all of his family's property that had been confiscated after they fled the country. He died in 1674 in Prague as a very rich man. To place Skreta into an international context, who were his most famous contemporaries? - was my next question for Dr. Vlnas.