CATS; and the ANNUNCIATION of Our Lady
All good families have a cat, and the Holy Family are no exception. In London’s National Gallery there’s an exhibition just now. It contains The Madonna of the Cat by Barocci (around AD 1600). In it there’s Mary, Jesus and Joseph; but the child John the Baptist is mischievously dangling a goldfish above an interested tabby cat in the bottom left corner. And another by the same artist, The Annunciation shows Mary being addressed by the Angel Gabriel, with a cat in the bottom left corner. Despite the momentous occasion in Christian and world history, the cat just sleeps. . . .