The cat : 3500 years of the cat in art /

Saved in:
Bibliographic Details
Author / Creator:Bugler, Caroline.
Imprint:London : New York : Merrell, 2011.
Description:287 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Cats in art.
Cats in art -- History.
Cats in art.
History.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8552997
Hidden Bibliographic Details
ISBN:9781858945309
1858945305
Notes:Includes index.
Summary:The cat's place in society has been reflected in art through the ages. Cats were deified by the ancient Egyptians, vilified by the medieval Church and then gradually rehabilitated during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Although cats do not always occupy center stage in paintings, they always add an extra symbolic dimension to a picture. This book examines the relationship between cats and humans from ancient times to the present, offering insight into the prominence of the cat in art in cultures worldwide. The collection of images draws from paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures.
Description
Summary: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 artlovers and cat lovers alike.
Item Description:Includes index.
Physical Description:287 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
ISBN:9781858945309
1858945305