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From gazelles on Neolithic cave walls to Rosa Bonheur's stallions, animals have always been found in art. They represent our own ferocity or remind us of a more instinctual life. All we know is that history loved cat pictures almost as much as we do.

Bride with Fan

Bride with Fan

Marc Chagall,1911
Bird Returning to its Nest

Bird Returning to its Nest

Georges Braque,1956
Wing of a Roller

Wing of a Roller

Albrecht Dürer,1500
The Little Owl

The Little Owl

Albrecht Dürer,1506
Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d'Or’

Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d'Or’

Natalia Goncharova,1914
Rank Badge with Silver Pheasant

Rank Badge with Silver Pheasant

1750
Rocky Coast and Gulls

Rocky Coast and Gulls

Winslow Homer,1869
Autumn Landscape with a Flock of Turkeys

Autumn Landscape with a Flock of Turkeys

Jean-François Millet,1872-1873
Still Life with Sparrow Hawk, Fowl, Porcelain and Shells

Still Life with Sparrow Hawk, Fowl, Porcelain and Shells

Clara Peeters,1611
Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

John James Audubon,1827-1838
American Flamingo

American Flamingo

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Bonapartian Gull

Bonapartian Gull

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Iceland, or Jer Falcon

Iceland, or Jer Falcon

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Long-tailed, or Dusky Grous

Long-tailed, or Dusky Grous

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Puffin

Puffin

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Summer Red Bird

Summer Red Bird

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Warbling Flycatcher

Warbling Flycatcher

John James Audubon,1827-1838
Bird Wandering Off

Bird Wandering Off

Paul Klee,1926
The Bird Men of Burnley

The Bird Men of Burnley

Leonora Carrington,1970
The Giantess

The Giantess

Leonora Carrington,1947
Bird Bath

Bird Bath

Leonora Carrington,1974
Wheatfield with Crows

Wheatfield with Crows

Vincent Van Gogh,1890
Butterflies

Butterflies

Odilon Redon,1910
Metamorphosis of a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

Metamorphosis of a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

Maria Sibylla Merian,1679
Branch of West Indian Cherry with Achilles Morpho Butterfly

Branch of West Indian Cherry with Achilles Morpho Butterfly

Maria Sibylla Merian,1702-1703
L'epidoptera

L'epidoptera

Leonora Carrington,1968
Portrait of Pierre Loti

Portrait of Pierre Loti

Henri Rousseau,1891
Fighting Cats

Fighting Cats

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes,1786-1788
Man with the Cat — Portrait of Henry Sturgis Drinker

Man with the Cat — Portrait of Henry Sturgis Drinker

Cecilia Beaux,1898
Sita and Sarita

Sita and Sarita

Cecilia Beaux,1921
A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel

Judith Leyster,1635
Boy with a cat, red hat and a piece of bread

Boy with a cat, red hat and a piece of bread

Judith Leyster,1630
La Baronne Emile D'Erlanger

La Baronne Emile D'Erlanger

Romaine Brooks,1924
The Okazaki Cat Demon

The Okazaki Cat Demon

Utagawa Kuniyoshi,1850
Cat

Cat

Gwendolen Mary John,1904-1908
Cat and Plum Blossoms, 猫梅

Cat and Plum Blossoms, 猫梅

Hishida Shunsō,1906
Black Cat, 黒き猫

Black Cat, 黒き猫

Hishida Shunsō,1910
Wivenhoe Park, Essex

Wivenhoe Park, Essex

John Constable,1816
Moschophoros (calf-bearer)

Moschophoros (calf-bearer)

560 BCE
Cows in a Group of Oak Trees, Apremont

Cows in a Group of Oak Trees, Apremont

Théodore Rousseau,1850
Hunters in the Snow

Hunters in the Snow

Pieter Bruegel the Elder,1565
Bonjour Monsieur Courbet

Bonjour Monsieur Courbet

Gustave Courbet,1854
Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin,1915
The Reader

The Reader

Marie Laurencin,1913
Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

Titian,1460
Arnolfini Portrait

Arnolfini Portrait

Jan Van Eyck,1434
Landscape in Montmorency — Sketch

Landscape in Montmorency — Sketch

Camille Pissarro,1859
The Poet Reclining

The Poet Reclining

Marc Chagall,1915
Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Raphael Sanzio,1506
Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Peter Paul Rubens,1605-1607
Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Gustave Moreau,1889-1890
Tamatori escaping from the Dragon King

Tamatori escaping from the Dragon King

Utagawa Kuniyoshi,1853
Recovering a Jewel from the Palace of the Dragon King

Recovering a Jewel from the Palace of the Dragon King

Utagawa Kuniyoshi,1853
Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Riding His Prized Elephant Atash Khan

Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Riding His Prized Elephant Atash Khan

Farrukh Beg,1600
Akbar's Triumphal Entry into Surat Akbarnama

Akbar's Triumphal Entry into Surat Akbarnama

Farrukh Beg,1590-1595
The Royal Tiger Bacchanale

The Royal Tiger Bacchanale

Maurice Denis,1920
The Sacred Elephant (Péri)

The Sacred Elephant (Péri)

Gustave Moreau,1882
Portrait of the Elephant 'Alam Guman

Portrait of the Elephant 'Alam Guman

Bichitr,1640
Pisces

Pisces

Man Ray,1938
The Trout

The Trout

Gustave Courbet,1871
Fishing by Torchlight in Kai Province

Fishing by Torchlight in Kai Province

Katsushika Hokusai,1833
Still Life with Fish, Candle, Artichokes, Crabs and Shrimp

Still Life with Fish, Candle, Artichokes, Crabs and Shrimp

Clara Peeters,1611
Still Life of Fish and Cat

Still Life of Fish and Cat

Clara Peeters,1620
The Frightful Musicians

The Frightful Musicians

James Ensor,1891
The Divine Horses

The Divine Horses

Giorgio de Chirico,1963
The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos

The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos

Giorgio de Chirico,1963
Cavalli

Cavalli

Giorgio de Chirico,1930
Le Rive Della Tessaglia

Le Rive Della Tessaglia

Giorgio de Chirico,1926
Cavalli in Riva al Mare

Cavalli in Riva al Mare

Giorgio de Chirico,1934
Pity

Pity

William Blake,1795
Joys of Life

Joys of Life

Wenzel Hablik,1904-1907
Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Khan Hunting with a Hawk

Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Khan Hunting with a Hawk

Farrukh Beg,1590-1595
The Circus

The Circus

Georges Seurat,1890-1891
In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse

In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse

Paul Gauguin,1891
The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

Peter Paul Rubens,1618
The Fall of Phaeton

The Fall of Phaeton

Peter Paul Rubens,1604-1605
The Horse Fair

The Horse Fair

Rosa Bonheur,1852-1855
Col. William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody

Col. William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody

Rosa Bonheur,1889
The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armour

The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armour

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1758
One Hundred Horses

One Hundred Horses

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 1

One Hundred Horses — Detail 1

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 2

One Hundred Horses — Detail 2

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 3

One Hundred Horses — Detail 3

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 4

One Hundred Horses — Detail 4

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 5

One Hundred Horses — Detail 5

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1728
The Jockey

The Jockey

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,1899
The Bridle Path, White Mountains

The Bridle Path, White Mountains

Winslow Homer,1868
Debris of an Automobile Giving Birth to a Blind Horse Biting a Telephone

Debris of an Automobile Giving Birth to a Blind Horse Biting a Telephone

Salvador Dalí,1938
Still Life with Flowers and a Cricket

Still Life with Flowers and a Cricket

Rachel Ruysch,1700
A Nosegay of Roses, Marigolds, Larkspur and a Bumblebee

A Nosegay of Roses, Marigolds, Larkspur and a Bumblebee

Rachel Ruysch,1695
Floral Wreath with Insects

Floral Wreath with Insects

Maria Sibylla Merian,1700
Citron with Monkey Slug Moth and Harlequin Beetle

Citron with Monkey Slug Moth and Harlequin Beetle

Maria Sibylla Merian,1702-1703
Branch of Genipapo with Long-Horned Beetle

Branch of Genipapo with Long-Horned Beetle

Maria Sibylla Merian,1702-1703
Tropical White Morning Glory with two beetles

Tropical White Morning Glory with two beetles

Maria Sibylla Merian,1702-1703
The Sleeping Gypsy

The Sleeping Gypsy

Henri Rousseau,1897
Sufis in a Landscape

Sufis in a Landscape

Farrukh Beg,1601-1604
Daniel in the Lions' Den

Daniel in the Lions' Den

Peter Paul Rubens,1614-1616
Sketch for The Lion Hunt

Sketch for The Lion Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens,1614-1615
Lion Drinking

Lion Drinking

Henry Ossawa Tanner,1897
Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine

Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine

40000 BCE
Black Tegu Lizard

Black Tegu Lizard

Maria Sibylla Merian,1700
Fábula

Fábula

El Greco,1600
Fulang-Chang and I

Fulang-Chang and I

Frida Kahlo,1937-1939
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Frida Kahlo,1940
Peacock Spreading Its Tail Feathers

Peacock Spreading Its Tail Feathers

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧,1758
The Peacock Room

The Peacock Room

James McNeill Whistler,1877
Young Hare

Young Hare

Albrecht Dürer,1502
Nevermore (O Taiti)

Nevermore (O Taiti)

Paul Gauguin,1897
Head of Medusa

Head of Medusa

Peter Paul Rubens,1617-1618
Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Anthony van Dyck,1530
Serpent of Wisdom

Serpent of Wisdom

Nicholas Roerich,1924
Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Giampietrino,1524-1526
Laocoön and His Sons

Laocoön and His Sons

200 BCE
Heron Encircled by a Snake

Heron Encircled by a Snake

Maria Sibylla Merian,1700
The Tiger Hunt

The Tiger Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens,1615-1616
Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom

Edward Hicks,1830-1832
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second before Waking

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second before Waking

Salvador Dalí,1944
The Wolf and Fox Hunt

The Wolf and Fox Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens,1616

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