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St Gertrude’s Day triggers short take a look at cats in art history


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March 17 is a day when numerous commemorate the expected removal of snakes from Ireland by delighting in all things green for St Patrick’s Day.

But it’s likewise a day that has actually ended up being connected with another hissing, mice-eating animal — cats.

March 17 is St Gertrude’s Day, a saint who has actually ended up being the informal tutelary saint of cats, most likely due to her association with fending off rats and mice.

To mark the informal day of cats, we take an informal, far from conclusive, take a look at felines in European art through the ages.

Cats and artists

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Australian artist Christabel Blackman says cats are a motivation.

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“There’s constantly something you can gain from a cat,” she says.

Ms Blackman’s family has a long history with the arts and cats.

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