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The cat is an animal of a "thousand faces," observes art historian Zuffi in this grand tour of the cat's various artistic incarnations. Graceful, devious, playful, luxuriating, fierce, affectionate, petulant, and aloof--in short, domestic without being domesticated--the cat has inspired artists for centuries. As Zuffi informatively and entertainingly traces the cat's evolution from deity to witch's familiar, an emblem of wholesome bliss to a rapacious hunter, a figure of comic relief to a model of poise and serenity, he presents uncommonly reproduced works by artists famous and less familiar, creating a unique feline portrait gallery replete with Roman mosaics, French illuminated manuscripts, Dutch interiors, Renaissance paintings, Japanese prints, imaginative works by Picasso and Klee, and sensual paintings by Gauguin. Cat lovers will delight in the many variations on the cat theme, while Zuffi's lively mix of aesthetics, history, lore, and interpretation turns the cat into a lithe guide to art history. Pair this volume with Best in Show: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today (2006). Donna Seaman
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Stefano Zuffi is an art historian who specializes in Renaissance and Baroque painting. He has written numerous popular books about art and artists, including Abrams’ Art in Venice (1999). He lives in Milan.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810993287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810993280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to admit, I know this book from its French edition, that I acquired at the Louvre in Paris. But assuming the English version stays true to the version I have (it was originally written in Italian), then this is a thoroughly enjoyable volume. More than just another book of cute pictures of cats (which is not to say that's a bad thing) this book is actually an overview of the changing place of the cat in society, as demonstrated by the leading artists of the day. An engaging study in changing iconography, we can trace how the cat changed from devil's "familiar" in the Middle Ages to the protector of the home (by killing rats and mice) as shown in beautifuly reproduced works of art from the world's major museums. Zuffi is an engaging writer and scholar who has provided us with a lvoely and entertaining portrait of the cat.
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This book covers cats in art from Egyptian to modern times. Lovely color photos with a history of the paintings or sculptures. A very well done art book for cat fanciers!
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This books is a "must" for every art historian, collector, or any one who simply loves art and/or cats. Well researched and well written.
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I bought this book as a gift for my friend, who is neither a museum curator nor an art historian. I wanted something fun to look at and easy to read, heavy on full-color plates and light on text. This book is exactly that. If you want some scholar's doctoral dissertation with lots of footnotes and bone-dry commentary, look elsewhere. If you love cats and great works of art, look no further.
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I love art. I LOVE Cats. I love my Cat! And I LOVE this BOOK! I found the subtile use of painting in cats in great and famous paintings, by their artists something so sweet and etheral. To see a CAT at the feet of the Apostles in many Last Supper paintings was percious and very human, and very feline. Some paintings just show a hint of the cat in the background, but the author here provides a close-up of the cat. Commentary is an easy read, and the artwork used is just awesome. The book is very thick, takes a few days to go through it, as I went slowly, looking at each painting and reading about the cat in the scene. High QUALITY publishing and cover. Each page is a delight to me!
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A beautiful hardcover book for all cat lovers or painting lovers, and especially for those who are both. Highly recommended. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know that has a cat!
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This is a beautiful and high quality book. If you are looking for a beautiful art book, this is it. If you happen to love cats, that's a bonus!
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this is a lovely, lovely book of artworks, some famous, some not and some of the paintings show only the cats in the compositions and not the whole painting. still a book on cats in art works of paint and sculpture is wonderful. a very diverse collection of pictures. i have shown it to all my cat people at work and they love it. i have seen a lot of the pictures in previous books but the very volume of this book has a lot that are new to me. the modern art cats is a great chapter.
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