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The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art

Addecd on June 23, 2014 in Cat Art | Cat Posters |
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The cat’s reputation and place in society have been subject to twists and turns of fate that are all reflected in art. While cats were deified by the ancient Egyptians, they were vilified by the medieval Church, before the Renaissance and Baroque periods saw their gradual rehabilitation. By the eighteenth century cats had become popular

The cat’s reputation and place in society have been subject to twists and turns of fate that are all reflected in art. While cats were deified by the ancient Egyptians, they were vilified by the medieval Church, before the Renaissance and Baroque periods saw their gradual rehabilitation. By the eighteenth century cats had become popular household pets worldwide. Generations of artists have treasured their contrariness and beauty, and while the cat does not always occupy centre stage in paintings, it always adds an extra symbolic dimension to a picture, or illuminates its meaning in an unexpected way. This sumptuously illustrated book examines the relationship between cats and humans from ancient times to the present, offering fascinating insights into the prominence of the cat in art in cultures worldwide. Thematic chapters explore in detail a rich and rewarding collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures, creating a book that will have enduring appeal among art lovers and cat lovers alike.

Comments

L. Brannel says:

Amazing images and art history information… As the center of interest or merely a bystander, the cat features in art from different periods and cultures. Fascinating to see how the art changes but not the look or behaviors of the cats. The artists often use the cat to add a message or meaning to the images and this conveys so much about the artist and the culture. A good book for people interested in art history and/or cats!

5 Cat Lady says:

Beautiful book I love cats and art, so what’s not to like? Beautifully done, clear pictures and readable text. Well-organized by genre of art. It’s proudly on my coffee table right now.

gemrose says:

The Quintessential Book of the Cat in Fine Art

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