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17 Classic Works Of Art Improved By A Fat Ginger Cat

Via Russian artist Svetlana Petrova and her feline muse, Zarathustra.

Zarathrustra is a very artistic cat. He belongs to Russian artist Svetlana Petrova, who recreates classic artworks to feature her big, ginger pet.


She tells the BBC: “I lost my mother in 2008 and she left me Zarathustra. I got horrible depression after her death and for two years I was unable to do something creative. By chance a friend asked me ‘why don’t you make an art project with your cat because he’s so funny’.”

Svetlana was happy for us to use these images, but she asked for Zarathustra to be credited as co-author. We are happy to oblige.

1. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

In the original photo taken for the Mona Lisa parody, Zarathustra was reclining on Svetlana and “sliding because he’s too big”. “It makes Mona Lisa look like a modern girl who’s taking a selfie with her cat,” she says.

2. Willem Claesz Heda’s Breakfast With Crab.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

 

3. Venus of Urbino by Titian.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

Svetlana says: “Zarathustra likes posing and is a really intelligent cat. He likes to lie on his back and make strange faces like he’s speaking with somebody, so I began to take photos of him and inserted them into paintings.”

4. Michaelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

5. The bottom bit of Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” from the Sistine Chapel.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

6. Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

 

7. The Tower of Babel, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

8. Venus and Cupid Stealing the Honey by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

 

9. Piero della Francesca’s Portrait of the Duke of Urbino.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

 

10. Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (or as you know it, the one with the shark)

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

There is a bonus GIF for this one.

11. Katsushika Hoksukai’s The Great Wave off Kangawa.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

12. Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps.

 

13. Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

 

14. The Three Graces, by Rubens.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

15. Monet’s Haystacks at Giverny.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

16. Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

17. A reworking of Shephard Fairey’s famous “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama.

Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / fatcatart.ru

Svetlana’s work is appearing at Russian Extremes - From Icons to I-Cats runs at The Barn at Stonehill House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, from 31 May to 5 June.

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