(b. 1560, Bologna, d. 1609, Roma)
Two Children Teasing a Cat1588-90
Oil on canvas, 66 x 89 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This picture, which may illustrate a proverb, is meant to convey a simple moral lesson about paying the consequences for our antics: the little girl will surely be scratched by the cat she and her brother are teasing. In painting this remarkable work, Annibale must have recalled Sofonisba Anguissola's celebrated drawing, which he unquestionably knew.