Galileo in Art
Animals are in art. Many artists are also animal lovers. Picasso and his cat, a famous photographical work is testimony to the relationship between master painters and furry felines. Velasquez's dog (in Las Meninas) is, so the venerable art historian Kenneth Clark, the best portrait of a dog in art history. Galileo, eyes firmly fixed on us (the observers) challenges Clark's opinion of domesticated animals in paintings.
Those who didn't make the famous Salon de Paris chose plan B, a new venue: Salon des Refusés. Both exhibiting at the same time.
Wikipedia cites the long list of those not thought up to the royal regarded style, not appropriate, not worthy: Henri Fantin-Latour, Antoine Chintreuil, die Brüder Desbrosses, Armand Gautier, Henri Harpignies, Camille Pissarro, Johan Barthold Jongkind, Alphonse Legros, Constant Dutilleux AND Paul Cézanne!
An at the Louvre, Galileo brashly replaces Eugene Delacroix's bare-breast 'Liberty Leading the People' and shows a more decadent, a more modern social view of a cat's life.