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The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art [Hardcover]

Caroline Bugler
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2 Sep 2011
The cat's reputation and place in society have been subject to twists and turns of fate that are all reflected in art. While cats were deified by the ancient Egyptians, they were vilified by the medieval Church, before the Renaissance and Baroque periods saw their gradual rehabilitation. By the eighteenth century cats had become popular household pets worldwide. Generations of artists have treasured their contrariness and beauty, and while the cat does not always occupy centre stage in paintings, it always adds an extra symbolic dimension to a picture, or illuminates its meaning in an unexpected way. This sumptuously illustrated book examines the relationship between cats and humans from ancient times to the present, offering fascinating insights into the prominence of the cat in art in cultures worldwide. Thematic chapters explore in detail a rich and rewarding collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures, creating a book that will have enduring appeal among art lovers and cat lovers alike.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (2 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945309
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 26.5 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'… The Cat… gets a huge paw stamp of approval' --The Lady

'… a lavish and delightfully illustrated synopsis of the role of cats in our visual culture… a thorough monument to feline fascination.' --Prospect Magazine

'The serious and carefull writing of this book is belied by it s coffee-table format, although the profusion of illustrations will make it the envy of other art historians.' --The Art Newspaper

'This superb book illustrates the multiple personas cats have represented within the innumerable frames of human art. There is little doubt that the cat will continue to provide inspiration for artists and aesthetic pleasure to cat lovers in whatever form artists choose to express themselves in future ... all in all, a book for the coffee table for every cat lover.' --The Cat

'...a fantastic chronicle of felines in art over thousands of years that will delight your most lovable cat-enthused pals and those that embrace the arts as well. Done in high style quality that is typical of this outstanding publisher, The Cat is clearly a winner visually in nearly 300 pages.' --Whom You Know

About the Author

Caroline Bugler is a writer and lecturer, and Editor of Art Quarterly, the magazine of the Art Fund, the UK's leading art charity. Her previous publications have included an artistic guide to Vienna, and she is currently writing a book on the bird in art, to be published by Merrell in 2012.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully produced and written 21 Dec 2011
By Halpen
I was given 3500 Years of the Cat In Art for a birthday present. I only mention this because it's not the sort of book I'd have thought of buying myself, so it was a delightful surprise to discover how good it was. I thought I'd probably just flick through it, because the illustrations are certainly beautiful, but there's a really interesting introduction that discusses the cat in its historical and cultural context and made me keen to read the rest of the text as well as admire the pictures. Subsequent chapters don't just take you on a trot through the history of the cat in art, they focus on themes such as The Comic Cat, The Portrait Cat and The Eastern Cat.

Obviously cat fanatics will love it, and cat AND art obsessives will have a ball - but I'm neither so I really recommend it to the more general reader too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for cat and art addicts 7 Sep 2013
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intelligent, scrupulously researched, outstanding anthology acts as painlessly educational history of art and survey of a huge spectrum of attitudes towards and attachments to our most ubiquitous domestic animal companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miaow 12 April 2013
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Lovely book, saw it at the RA but much cheaper here. If you like cats and or art, then this is the book to have. Lovely prints of cats through the ages from ancient China to the present day. A pleasing purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art 4 May 2014
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Absolutely fantastic book! Very nice photos and descriptions. The book is even more informative and illustrated than I expected. Thanks a lot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Cat Lovers 15 Feb 2014
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This beautifully presented book was given as a gift to a cat lover who was delighted, wonderful pictures and illustrations.
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