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The Large Cat

A work made of engraving on ivory paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory paper.

Date:

1657

Artist:

Cornelis Visscher
Dutch, c. 1629-1658

About this artwork

Cornelis Visscher’s engraving is one of the softest, most tactile renditions of a cat ever printed. The breathless mouse sneaking by the corner grate seems barely present in contrast, so light and ghostly is its fur. In a culture where cats were domestic staples (as dispatchers of vermin) rather than treasured pets, Visscher created a particularly memorable portrait.

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Artist

Cornelis Visscher

Title

The Large Cat

Origin

Holland

Date

Made 1657

Medium

Engraving on ivory paper

Dimensions

143 × 185 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Horace S. Oakley

Reference Number

1923.994

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