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The Hermitage Cats

Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and has been open to the public since 1852.  Its collections hold more than three million items, from Egyptian and classical antiquities, jewelry and weapons, to a stunning range of Russian and European masterworks from the Renaissance to the present.

And hiding in and among those three million items, in plain sight yet all but unnoticed? Cats. This book gives humanity’s favorite four-footed friends the run of the place, reproducing dozens of images of cats from the artworks held by the Hermitage. From full-on portraits to minor, incidental images from the edges of giant canvases—which are among the most surprising and entertaining animals in the books—Hermitage Cats will set motors purring for art lovers and pet owners alike.

80 pages | Illustrated in color throughout | 7 1/2 x 8 | © 2015

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Mikhail Piotrovsky
Angient Egypt: from guard to god
Angient Greece: out of a jug onto an amphora
Europe: from enemies to pampered pets
China: heirs of the sacred tigers
Japan: for merchants and samurai
Iran: children of the Prophet
Russia: guardians of the cradle
ST.Petersburg: cats in the palace
List of illustrations

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