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The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art
     

The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art

by Caroline Bugler
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Cats and humans go together. For almost ten thousand years, these furry little creatures have been domesticated and, according to multiple reports, are the most popular pets on earth. That deep appeal helps explain why over the centuries, cats have been such a popular subject for artists, including (but definitely not limited to) Leonardo, Brueghel, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Marc, Kuniyoshi, and Picasso. This large-scale, richly annotated pictorial celebrates a partnership that seems to be going strong.

From the Publisher
This large-scale, richly annotated pictorial celebrates a partnership [between cats and humans] that seems to be going strong. — Barnes and Noble

The Cat…gets a huge paw stamp of approval… a rather splendid book — The Lady

Thanks to a new book from independent London publishers Merrell, we now have a lavish and delightfully illustrated synopsis of the role of cats in our visual culture… a thorough monument to feline fascination. — Prospect Magazine

The serious and carefull writing of this book is belied by it’s coffee-table format, although the profusion of illustrations will make it the envy of other art historians. &mdash The Art Newspaper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858945309
Publisher:
Merrell Publishers, LTD
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
10.46(w) x 10.56(h) x 1.22(d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Bugler Editor of Art Quarterly, the magazine of the Art Fund, the fundraising charity for works of art. Her previous publications include an artistic guide to Vienna.

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