- Reference number
- Vos, Cornelis de (Flemish)
- Cats Fighting in a Larder
- Mid Seventeenth Century
- 116 cm x 172 cm
- On display
- Colección Real (colección Isabel Farnesio, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, antecámara del rey, 1746, nº 583; La Granja, pieza de comer su majestad, 1766, nº 583; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, cuarto del príncipe-pieza del juego, 1794, nº 583; Aranjuez, pieza inmediata al retrete del rey en el trascuarto, 1818, nº 583).
With the owners or house servants away, the animals sneak into the larder, giving free rein to their instincts. This leads to a fight. Scenes of animal fights in domestic settings were customary in mid-seventeenth-century Flemish painting. The were also frequent in the literature of proverbs, where they were interpreted as moral allusions to the abandonment of responsibilities and their consequences.
Paul de Vos followed in the footsteps of his brother-in-law, Frans Snyders (1579-1657), making identical still lifes with animals and even repeating the compositional schemes and models, but with a more delicate touché and warmer shading.
This type of scene was very successful among collectors of that time and was repeated on innumerable occasions. The present work is first listed in Queen Isabel Farnesio's collection in 1746.