The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

August 9, 2010

Aug. 9, 1516

A funeral mass for the popular artist Hieronymus Bosch was held on August 9, 1516. His best known work is the triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, and one panel of this, The Garden of Eden, has got a cat in it. A cat with a mouse in its mouth. No doubt Eden did not have to worry about rodents in the granary, and this detail Bosch put in is part of the splendor of Eden. We can see his genius too, in the fact the cat tail and the mouse tail are quite similar. This was painted around 1500 Anno Domini.

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