From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art. I am using some ideas from the coffee table book, The Cat in Art, by Stefano Zuffi.
This week's Cats in Art post and next week's will feature a couple of bizarre paintings that would both seem to spring from the same unknown Flemish artist, circa 1700.
Image credit here. Cats Being Instructed in the Art of Mouse-Catching by an Owl, unknown artist, circa 1700, oil on canvas, within a painted lunette, 33" x 44".
What's not to like: cats and an owl? But then it gets stranger...whatever is that perched on the top right side of the music book? From the detail blow-up it looks like a quasi-human form bent over and playing a musical instrument out of its butt: