Understanding your cat

The cat in the Renaissance

Medieval persecutions certainly made life difficult for cats, which in turn allowed the proliferation of rats, favoring the transmission of diseases to man, especially the plague. These disastrous events contributed little by little to reviving the blazon of domestic cats, who, if they were not treated with the same benevolence as other domestic animals, were at least appreciated for their skill as hunters.

Entering the cat in the family
At the beginning of the Renaissance, the cat was feebly represented in the religious paintings, because it still dragged its grim medieval reputation of a close collaborator of the Evil one, and an essentially symbolic art could only be kept away from all that. The cat was then found only marginally certain paintings in which he was represented without ever being near thein contact with him. Towards the end of the Renaissance, there was a general reassessment of animals that increased knowledge about their role and behavior compared to the past.

The cat entered the family, not only as a useful animal but as a pet; besides, the monasteries and convents found themselves obliged to have at least one couple to eliminate the rats. On the artistic side, the cat was more and more represented in paintings with family atmosphere, intimate, with some members of the family and in the portraits of woman.Entrance of the cat in the family
At the beginning of the Renaissance, the cat was feebly represented in the religious paintings, because it still dragged its grim medieval reputation of close collaborator of the Evil one, and an essentially symbolic art could only be kept away from all that. The cat was then found only marginally in certain paintings in which he was represented without ever being near the man or in contact with him. Towards the end of the Renaissance, there was a general reassessment of animals that increased knowledge about their role and behavior compared to the past.

The cat entered the family, not only as a useful animal but as a pet; besides, the monasteries and convents found themselves obliged to have at least one couple to eliminate the rats. On the artistic side, the cat was more and more represented in paintings with family atmosphere, intimate, with some members of the family and in the portraits of women.

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