Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cats in Art: The Birth of John the Baptist (Tintoretto)

From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art. I'm using some ideas from the coffee table book, The Cat in Art, by Stefano Zuffi.



Image credit here. The Birth of John the Baptist, Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti), 1554-1555, Oil on canvas, 71" x 104", held by Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.


Zuffi comments:

...the cat is completely uninterested in its surroundings, concentrating instead on what it is doing...the cat advances with an indifferent air towards its possible prey.

In other words, the cat is slinking, a move that cats have total mastery over.

 

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