The virtual reality exhibition Cats in art history is now available online. This exhibition, jointly organized by the Universal Museum of Art (UMA) and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, seeks to rehabilitate the figure of the cat in the history of art.
Through the analysis of 75 combined works, from ancient Egypt, where he was considered a deity, to the present, we can confirm that almost all the cats represented are incredibly cute, or incredibly delicate and elegant.
Cats Source: uma.org
Spread over four rooms in a fictional computer-generated Parisian mansion, the exhibition encompasses everything from the elusive feline enigma in Manet’s ‘Olympia’ to the balanced creatures represented by Renoir, Delacroix and Courbet.
Playful and instructive, the exhibition reviews the place of the feline in art and its various symbols that have evolved over the centuries. As the centerpiece of a painting or discreet background presence, the cat roams through many works of art.
In another room called “Here and There,” many of the artworks show cats engaging in typical feline activities, such as hunting birds, catching mice, and sneaking up to a table full of scraps.
In general, the interactive virtual reality exhibition of the Universal Museum of Art aims to teach us a little more about our enigmatic and beloved panthers of the house.
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