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Thursday, December 11, 2014

style and prey

thanks vintageprintable.swivelchairmedia.com.  Believed PD:US in good faith
This illustration of a black cat - "catus niger," reads the inscription below his feet - is so awash in style and attitude that it took me a few beats before I realized  there was a mouse under one paw.  Leave it to 17th-century Italy to illustrate a natural history text on animals with a mix of elegance and essence.  This fellow (by some other hand) is found in one of the works written by pioneering Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), who among other things established Bologna's botanical garden.


Bernadette said...

Looks kind of primitive! Possibly because it is, in its own way.

Bernadette said...

Hit "publish" too soon! Giuseppe says it's a direct ancestor, especially considering the mousie under the paw.

curator said...

Black cats never go out of style!