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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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cornelis Visscher

Title

The Large Cat

Place

Holland (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1657

Medium

Engraving on ivory paper

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Horace S. Oakley

Reference Number

1923.994

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