The Cat in Ming and Ching Dynasty Paintings: During this period Ming and Ching Dynasty artists, unlike their European counterparts, focused their paintings on cats in tranquil natural settings. In Cats and Bamboo by Shen Chen-Lin (1427-1509), two white cats with red tassel and gold bell collars demurely look toward the artist, while a third brown cat approaches the other two.
In Cats and Grasses, from the Ming Dynasty, T’ao C’heng portrays twenty-two cats in various poses enjoying a day out.
Moreover, the Emperor Hsuan Tsung (1426-35), is said to have found great pleasure in painting cats in his garden. Depicted as a seemingly peaceful part of an accepted nature, there is great care taken in these cats’ representations, which are permeated by a certain love and respect.