The image is certainly amusing, with the girl clutching the tail of the poor animal, who sinks his claws into the older child's clothes with a desperate meow, creating a lively childhood scene. The Caravaggian echoes in the observation of the reality and the luminism is softened by a serene and droll situation and by translucent light.


  • Title: Youths playing with the cat
  • Date Created: 1620 - 1625
  • painter: Abraham Bloemaert
  • collocation: Montepulciano, Civic Museum and Crociani Picture Gallery, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Physical Dimensions: w70 x h89 cm
  • Artist Biography: Abraham Bloemaert, who was born in Utrecht and studied in Antwerpen, started to look at Caravaggio's style in his late career, after that his son and his pupil, Gerrit Van Hontorst, came back from Italy bringing such lesson. He was also involved in the great Mannerist decoration of Fointanbleau in France, and stopped for a few in Amsterdam. Particularly appreciated were his portraits and still life paintings.
  • Type: oil on canvas
  • Rights: Comune di Montepulciano; Fondazione Musei Senesi, Fondazione Musei Senesi
  • External Link: Fondazione Musei Senesi

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