Cat in Art

Cat in Art


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The Cat in Art is both full of surprises and hauntingly familiar, as cats play and pounce and sleep and purr their way through 170 great art masterpieces from the ancient world to the present. What cats represent to us in life, they bring to art: elegance and grace; domestic tranquility; symbols of sensuality and mischievousness.

Here are paintings by Van Eyck, Raphael, Leonardo, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Chardin, Gainsborough, Manet, Renoir, Bonnard, Gauguin, Matisse, Balthus, Picasso, Warhol, and many others. Sometimes the cats are the stars of the work, and sometimes they are working their magic from the corners of rooms-in which case both the whole work and a detail showing the cat are illustrated.

Stefano Zuffi's charming text tells the reader what it all means, from the feline goddesses of the ancients, to the devilish cats of the Middle Ages, to the indispensable companions of our own time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810993280
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 907,601
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Stefano Zuffi is an art historian who specializes in Renaissance and Baroque painting. He has written numerous popular books about art and artists, including Abrams' Art in Venice (1999). He lives in Milan.

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Cat in Art 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Tisch More than 1 year ago
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.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
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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