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Josef Lada – painter, illustrator, writer

Josef Lada, a famous Czech painter and writer, was born on 17th December 1887 in Hrusice and died on 14th December 1957 in Prague. He is best known as the illustrator of Jaroslav Hašek‘s World War I novel The Good Soldier Švejk. The asteroid 17625 Joseflada has been named after him. He created a series of paintings and drawings depicting traditional Czech occupations, and wrote and illustrated the adventures of Mikeš, a little black cat who could talk. Lada produced nearly 600 cartoons of the Švejk characters, depicting Austria-Hungary officers and civil servants as incompetent, abusive and often drunk. During his life he made about 400 paintings and some 15,000 illustrations! This year it has been 130 years since his birth and 60 years since his death. To commemorate his life and work an exhibition was opened in Havířov so we decided to visit and have a look with our project team members. It was a nice experience as lots of his drawings are connected with Christmas and winter time.

Listen to radio programmes about Lada in English: click here or here.

More of his work can be found here.


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Emil Škoda – the man whose name is on Czech cars called Škoda.

You might recognize some actresses appearing in the short film made by our students. It is about Emil Škoda who was born in Plzeň on November 19, 1839 to a physician and politician František Škoda, and mother Anna Říhová. Škoda studied engineering and in 1866 became chief engineer of a machine factory which he bought three years later and began to expand it, building a railway connection to the facility in 1886 and adding an arms factory in 1890 to produce machine guns for the Austro-Hungarian Army. His facilities continued to expand over the next decade, and he incorporated his holdings in 1899 as the Škoda Works.


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Mysterious Emperor Rudolph II, patron of arts, collector of curiosities…

Alex, Klára, Bára and Klára prepared a very nice presentation about our emperor Rudoplh II who was famous for his effort to find the Philosopher’s Stone bringing Europe’s best alchemists to court. Rudolf even performed his own experiments in a private alchemy laboratory. He gave Prague a mystical reputation with Alchemists’ Alley on the grounds of Prague Castle, a popular visiting place and tourist attraction. Rudolf is also the ruler in many of the legends of the Golem of Prague.

Download the presentation here: Rudolph II

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