A Cat Stealing Fish
Giuseppe Recco (Italian, Neapolitan, 1634–1695)
Oil on canvas; 38 x 50 1/2 in. (96.5 x 128.3 cm)
Purchase, 1871 (71.17)
Recco was a celebrated Neapolitan still-life painter, known for kitchen scenes and arrangements of flowers, fish, game, and other foodstuffs. Intense lighting effects and realistic description of surface textures are characteristic of this master.