Animal Portraits

Cats have long figured in art. In Egypt, they were associated with the goddesses Isis and Ba’at, the jaguar in Mesoamerican culture is a spirit companion and has the ability to cross between worlds, lions in European heraldry traditionally symbolize bravery, valor, strength, and royalty (the king of beasts). All have strong associations with majesty and power. Although they are sometimes depicted as malevolent, representing lust or deviousness, they more often appreciated by artists and writers for their intelligence and symmetry of form. Dogs in art are often depicted to symbolize guidance, protection, loyalty, fidelity, faithfulness and love.