Monday, September 21, 2015

Cats in the 16th and 17th century kitchen

Unlike the previous post on medieval cats, HERE, the cats in these paintings are more active.  In fact, the first painting is filled with activity: 'Cats fighting in a larder' by Paul de Vos (1663, at The Prado).  The still life includes asparagus, artichoke and... small birds strung on a stick.  Click images to enlarge.

Cat vs. dog for fish in 1604.  
A close up of Joachim Wtewael's 'Kitchen' painting.

Cat vs. dog for innards
Close up from Vincenzo Campi's 'Cucina' c1580s
in Pinacoteca di Brere, Milan

Cats brazenly scavenging
'Rich Kitchen' after de Vos late 16th, closeup, in MMA

Cat stalking the fishmonger's fish
Hendrik Sorgh d1670

 My favorite - cat in the raised hearth
Rumpolt's Ein New Kochbuch, 1581

©2015 Patricia Bixler Reber

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