Chapel Fresco, St. Nicholas Church, Malá Strana, Prague 3

Chapel Fresco, St. Nicholas Church, Mala Strana, Prague

The story of the nosy church official…

Rumor has it that the painter of the chapel fresco (I’ve seen it ascribed to Karel Skréta, Johann Kracker and a variety of other names) liked to work in privacy. One day he spotted a Jesuit church official peeking in on his progress. As punishment, he included the spy in his painting. Espionage, it seems, has been with St. Nicholas Church since the beginning.