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  1. Holding a cat down that way would probably result in his death wouldn’t it?Because he would struggle and jerk with being captive and with the pain and at the very least dislocate his shoulder joints and anyway no way would the one doing the surgery be able to get the knife exactly where it needed to be twice surely.
    What a disgusting horrible mind that artist must have had and I hope he painted no more like this.I don’t understand either how he coud do a whole painting in the lenght of time the surgery took?

    • I find it a very odd subject matter for a fresco on the wall of room in a castle. I think Marc made a good point. There may be some religious connection. This must have been a rare animal surgical operation. The “surgeon” appears to be operating on the cat’s penis. There is something nasty about this.

  2. This is a horrible painting and castration of a male cat IS painful, a slit has to be made with a sharp scalpel in each testicle pouch and the testicle and cord pulled right out, I don’t believe the painting is from a genuine castration, it’s more the artist’s sick mind! A cat would take more holding down than that.
    I’ve seen thousands of cats castrated by various vets and not one of them would lie a cat on his back, they lie them on their side and lift the tail to do the job.
    I can’t imagine anyone wanting a painting like this on their wall, it’s so crude.
    Yes I expect people will look back on us in hundreds of years time as cruel crude people who use, abuse, eat and torture animals.
    That’s if the human race still exists of course and in my opinion it would be better if it didn’t.

    • Brutally crude as life seems to have been in the 16th century. It’s an eye opener. In 500 years time people will look back at 2012 and think, “What the heck were those barbarians doing?”

  3. It’s a bit scary to be honest. I guess it must be a cat because of the stripey legs. I wonder why they did that – probably to modify the behaviour? Is that a possible reason. Prevent spraying or yeowling in the middle of the night. Or is there some sort of religious significance? ITs not a very nice thing to have on the wall. Thats why I think it may be religious – just because that would be the only possible reason something so unpleasant might be on the wall.

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