Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cats in Art: Kitchen Scene (Campi)

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. Kitchen Scene, Vincenzo Campi, c.1585, Oil on canvas, 57" x 86", held by Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy.

Zuffi comments on the kitty in the right foreground: 
Campi tends to remain a faithful, if amused, observer of reality.  The bristling cat that makes the larder its kingdom is perfectly suited to this approach.
My sense is that the cat is gonna prevail in this exchange.  The dog is a cocker spaniel, after all.

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