Our centuries-old fascination with finicky felines is really not hard to explain. Any cat owner can tell you that all cats aren't from the dark side. Most kitties are capable of loyal affection and companionship -- plus their independence makes them ideal pets for the busy human.
Bertelli's "Curiosity" and Steinlen's "Chat Noir" ("Black Cat") are the best-known and most popular artistic portrayals of cats. Paintings and prints by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Leonetto Cappiello also capture tabby's mischief and mystery.