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Cat in Art

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  • Posted June 20, 2009


    A lushly beautiful collection of cat representations in fine art. Perfect find for an art lover who is also a feline fan. Saw this in a museun gift shop and knew I had to have a copy (but big and heavy for the airplane trip home!). Excellent collection; ideal for gift-giving or as one of your own coffee table books.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    for cat lovers and art aficionados

    Who can resist a soft, furry, inscrutable, playful, endearing cat? Not many. Especially not artists throughout the ages whose works have been gathered in this fascinating volume by art historian Stefano Zuffi. He describes the cat's important place in culture and art, literature and fable as follows:' True to its nature, it rarely emerges as a protagonist: more often than not, we must look closely to detect its presence. However, this presence, especially in painting, is never a banal one. It has been given a rich variety of symbolic meanings, so much so that we can almost read them across centuries of masterpieces - a sort of history of art with whiskers and a tail, full of surprises.' Thus begins our journey with the cat from antiquity and the Egyptian Goddess Bastet to the modern feline as found in contemporary portrayals. In the Middle Ages we sometimes find the timeless game of cat and mouse as carved in French cathedral choir stalls or in the Lutrell Psalter, an illuminated manuscript now seen in London's British Library. Later we find the cat in paintings by such beloved artists as Annibale Carracci, Tintoretto, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Jan Van Eyck. The latter places him at the birth of John the Baptist, while a drawing by Da Vinci offers numerous studies of cats. Richly illustrated with over 250 color images 'The Cat In Art' is a sumptuous volume chronicling the works of artists who have been entranced by this affecting creature. - Gail Cooke

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