From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art. Having moved on from Stefano Zuffi's marvelous work, The Cat in Art, I am now using some ideas from Caroline Bugler's equally impressive book, The Cat/3500 Years of the Cat in Art.
Since on 31 Jan and 7 Feb I've covered two different paintings called The Madonna of the Cat, I figure it'd only be fitting to make this week's post also on the same very popular subject matter. I will broaden it a bit to refer to the topic as "3 Holy Families With Cats. "
I can see that many artists would have painted the Holy Family, but I am extremely gratified that so many of them included kitties in their images!
This first one is from none other than Rembrandt, entitled Virgin and Child With Cat: and Joseph at the Window.
And the mandatory kitty close-up, where the cat appears in the lower left corner, of all places:
I think it's kinda telling that the cat gets better exposure than Jesus' daddy....
Image 2 of 3 is an etching from Giuseppe Diamantini, and is called Holy Family With a Cat:
And the kitty close-up, yet again at the lower left:
Finally, I present image 3 of 3, The Holy Family, With the Young Saint John the Baptist, a Cat, and Two Donors. This is a truly beautiful image, with sharp lines, vibrant colors, and just an air of majesty or authority:
And the close-up of the very skinny kitty, this time centered rather than in the traditional lower left corner:
Enjoy these images of the Holy Family!
[Gary note: With my Cats in Arts posts, I encourage you to scope out the art appreciation site Artsy (I have no financial interest in the site, I just like it), where you can explore many aspects of the world of art. You'll certainly be entertained and enlightened!]