Click to enlarge, ESC to return. Image credit Nec Spe, Nec Metu (an art blog whose title means Without Hope, Without Fear), The Bogey-Cat, Faustino Bocchi, c. 1740, oil on canvas, 16" x 21", held by Galleria Palatina, Florence, Italy.
Faustino Bocchi's paintings depict a word turned upside down--absurd and thus even more biting and grotesque...What emerges from these pictures--of dwarf humans and giant animals, of humans looking after animals--is a satire of the notion of "superior being."
I love this painting where a giant cat is saddled and ridden. And the size: only 16" x 21". How does Bocchi cram that much detail into so tiny a space?
And no matter what we or any artist thinks, cats are the superior being. Just ask one.