Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cats in Art: The Satyr and the Peasant (Jordaens)

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 hereThe Satyr and the Peasant, Jacob Jordaens, 1628, oil on canvas, 68" x 79", held by Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.

Zuffi’s thoughts about the cat in the lower left, under the chair, after commenting about the satyr’s attempts to live among humans:

The sly-looking cat that witnesses the scene has clearly found an effective modus vivendi with humans, much sooner and more skillfully than the satyr!

To me, the cat seems to think that satyrs are rather unremarkable.  Just another appurtenance designed, of course, to make cat life better.


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