The History of Feline Art
The History of Feline Art

The discovery in 1990 of the c.3000 BC Aperia Cats, Etak and Tikk, with their painted scrolls, was the first conclusive evidence that cat-marking behavior was known and valued by the ancient Egyptians. The unravelled scroll (right) shows clearly visible paw marks. Mummified Cat
Ancient Cat Scrolls

Historical Evil Cat
This mediaeval bestiary illustration demonstrates the existence of 'painting' by cats in the Middle Ages. Because cats were regarded as agents of the devil during this period, they are depicted here as evil alchemists about to transmute the caged bird and sleeping dog, prey and enemy of the cat, into gold.
On Loan from Bodhead Library, Oxford.

Victorian Cat Poster Cat-marking behavior was trivialized in Victorian times, as this poster shows. While Matissa certainly made marks with paint, Mrs. Broadmoore (in reality a rather portly man dressed as a woman), amused the audience by pretending that the cat's simple paintings were "pawtraits" of people in the audience.


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