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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.




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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Cornelis Visscher


The Large Cat


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1657


Engraving on ivory paper


Sheet: 14.3 × 18.5 cm (5 11/16 × 7 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Horace S. Oakley

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