(Credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford/Bridgeman Images)
And cats were held in such high esteem as to be worshipped as the goddess Bast. She was the daughter of Ra, the sun god. As protectress, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, after Sekhet, the lioness and consequently of the chief god, Ra. During the Twenty-second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BCE), Bast had transformed from a lioness warrior deity into a major protector deity represented as a cat. Bastet, the name associated with this later identity, is the name commonly used by scholars today to refer to this deity. (wikipedia)
(Credit: Wikicommons/Museum of Japanese Art)
I didn’t want to swamp the blog with chocolate box cats. But I will indulge our desire for pretty pictures of cute kittens with a couple of paintings done by Dutch-Belgian Romantic artist Henriette Ronner-Knip (1821-1909). The first is The Guitar Lesson.
(Credit: Encore Editions)
And this is Kitten with a Ball of Wool.
French artist Edouard Manet' (1832-1883) made over 100 etchings and lithographs and the ones of cats are just wonderful. My favourite is The Cat Meeting.
This is the advertising poster for the first modern cabaret nightclub Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) which operated in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris from 1881 to 1897. The poster was designed by artist Théophile Steinlen (1859–1923) a Swiss-born French Art Nouveau painter and printmaker. I talked about Le Chat Noir when we looked at the puppeteer Pere Romeu who worked at Le Chat Noir before moving to Barcelona to help start Els Quatre Gats
And this is a detail from Le Chat Noir Journal, No 152, 6 Dec, 1884.
This Australian artist is linked to the artist who created the image shown below (The Black Cat) but not through cats.
These two artists had much in common through a girl called Alice. Who were they? This puzzle will keep you thinking until tomorrow when all will be revealed.
The Hero Image is from one of my own paintings titled A Little Bit of Italy.