Saturday, February 4, 2017

The 1500s Ruff appears as Pet Fashion 1800s America

Frederick Dielman (American artist, 1847-1935) Uncle Toby (modified ruff becomes the detachable lace collar)

Frederick Dielman (American artist, 1847-1935) The Widow


Cat in a Ruff painting - one of Mark Twain's favorites. The Cat in a Ruff is a painting of unknown origin that the Clemens family had on the mantle in their library.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, & intentions to non-human entities, such as pets. In addition, anthropomorphism is considered to have been an innate tendency of human psychology for centuries past as well. Here is a 1600s painter doing just that.


Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne (Dutch 1589–1662) "How well we go together" The Hague c 1625-34 (Female skating owl sports a fine ruff.)

There seem to be quite a few contemporary artists creating recent images of anthropomorphism reflecting those ruffs of the Victorian period.  
Design on a French tray from Ibride of Rachel Conver's  'Rabbit in Costume'

 Bill Mayer

 Design on a French tray from Ibride

 The Duchess of Oak Nut Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard.

  Shauna Finn. Cat in a Cartwheel Ruff 

 Randis Albion

Annabelle the Springer Spaniel by Carol Lew 

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Giotto (Ambrogio Bondone) (Italian artist, 1267-1337) Nativity

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.