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.
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.
3. Venus of Urbino by Titian.
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.
5. The bottom bit of Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna” from the Sistine Chapel.
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)
11. Katsushika Hoksukai’s The Great Wave off Kangawa.
14. The Three Graces, by Rubens.
15. Monet’s Haystacks at Giverny.
16. Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
17. A reworking of Shephard Fairey’s famous “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama.
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.