Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt l Art and Nature in the Middle Ages

By Dallas Museum of Art (other events)

Sun, Dec 4 2016 11:00 AM Sun, Jan 8 2017 5:00 PM

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt 

From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years. Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt features cats and lions in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through diverse representations from the world-famous holdings of the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition features more than eighty objects exploring wild and domestic cats, feline deities, cat burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline features, as well as a small section on dogs.

Art and Nature in the Middle Ages 

Spanning the 12th to early 16th centuries, Art and Nature in the Middle Agesexplores the diverse modes of expression and variety of representations of nature in European medieval art, whether plant or animal, sacred or profane, real or imagined, highlighting the continuities and changes. The exhibition, organized by the Musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, and on view exclusively at the DMA in the United States, presents more than 100 extraordinary objects, rarely before shown in the United States, that reflect the wide range of styles, techniques, and iconography that flourished during this period. The featured works of art—which include an astonishing array of media, from stained glass windows to illuminated manuscripts—emphasize the fundamental bond between humans and nature, and nature’s constant presence in the immediate environment and spiritual life of men and women in the Middle Ages. 

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