While most cats would be content with plain and simple internet domination, there’s one chubby tabby who craves something more. Meet Zarathustra, the Russian cat who’s sinking his paws into a different pie, taking over the world of fine art and starring in his very own exhibition. From Da Vinci to Rembrandt, no artwork is safe from this feline’s sultry poses and exquisite expressions.
Zarathustra has built up an impressive portfolio with the help of his owner, Svetlana Petrova. Their collaboration came about after Petrova lost her mother and suffered from depression that left her unable to create for two years. When a friend suggested working with the ginger tabby and using his natural talent for posing in an art project, Petrova was inspired to insert her fat cat into a number of well-known and easily recognisable artworks. Take a look at some of the collection below.
This take on Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People shows who’s really leading the people.
We wonder how David Teniers the Yonger would have felt had he known the King in his Twelfth Night (The King Drinks) would one day be replaced by a ginger cat.
Zarathustra is obviously taken by the milkmaid in Johannes Vermeer’s painting. A giant kitty needs a giant milk supply.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine is cleverly re-titled Lady with a Cat pretending to be an Ermine.
The reclining nude in Edouard Manet’s Olympia was obviously not to kitty’s liking.
More beautiful than Venus? Too right I am. Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus
Adding a cat like this to Pere Borrell Del Caso’s Escaping Criticism will do nothing to help it from escaping criticism.
Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1 gets a shock of ginger.
I can has cheezburger? Based on this fellow’s expression in Grant Wood’s American Gothic, the answer would be no.
Heroes (Bogatyri) by Viktor Vasnetsov. Because epic battles are more epic when cats are involved.
Michaelangelo’s famous painting is re-titled The Creation of cAt-dam.
The secret behind Mona Lisa’s smile revealed. She was probably thinking about a funny cat she saw on YouTube.
If you’re in England, you’ll be able to check out Petrova’s work at Russian Extremes – From Icons to I-Cats at The Barn at Stonehill House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, from 31 May to 5 June. Otherwise, keep track of kitty’s continuing conquests at Petrova’s website, Fat Cat Art