Cats in Art: From Prehistoric to Neo-Pop Masterpieces


by Alix Paré


Did you know that, until the Middle Ages, people were wary of half-domestic, half-wild animals? That cats evoked laziness, cruelty, greed, and even lust? And that "having a cat's nose" was a serious physical defect at the time?

The cat traverses the history of civilizations and the history of art. Its symbolism fluctuates: revered in ancient Egypt, assimilated to Satan in medieval religious painting, companion to the free and independent artist in the 19th century. Throughout the pages, explore the works of Lorenzo Lotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco de Goya, Auguste Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, Fernand Léger, Balthus, Andy Warhol, and more. Inside, you’ll find:

  • A precise selection of essential and unexpected works
  • Clear visual cues: timelines, maps, graphs
  • A variety of sidebars: anecdotes, background information, influences

Unravel the symbolic significance and creative influence of cats in art history through a curated collection of masterpieces, enhanced by timelines, maps, graphs, and quotes.

Alix Paré, a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, is a lecturer specializing in Western painting of the 17th, 18th, and 20th centuries. After an eight-year tenure at both the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles, she now gives art history lessons and takes part in major Parisian exhibitions.


August 27, 2024


108 pages

Color graphics and photographs throughout

6.6 x 9.4 inch.

Retail price: $19.99 US

ISBN: 978-1-962098-05-2