Monday, June 27, 2011

Cats in Art: Annunciation (Rubens)

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.

(Sorry this is a day late; life happened)

Image credit hereAnnunication, c. 1628, Peter Paul Rubens, oil on canvas, 119" x 73", held by Rubenshuis (Ruben's House), Antwerp, Belgium.

Zuffi talks about Ruben's joy of painting, his variety of colors, the dynamism of movement, "almost a visual symphony," etc., then gets to the heart of the matter: keeping with its reputation for imperturbability, the cat placidly maintains its siesta, crouched by the sewing basket.

I can only wonder at the near-miraculous ability of the cat to stay cool in the midst of all that art happening around it. 

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