Svetlana Petrova, a Russian artist, clearly has a lot of sense of humour. Also, she loves her cat, Zarathustra. And so, she put her cat into classic paintings and that just made the outcome hilarious. Imagine desecrating these pieces of art! While it might enrage any art critic, we love it.
Here are 22 images of Zarathustra the cat into classical paintings.
1. “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo
Who knew Adam would have transformed into a cat in this modern age?
2. “Portrait of Catherine II” by Dmitry Levitsky
The cat is clearly trying to reach out to Catherine II.
3. “Bogatyrs” by Victor Vasnetsov
I could understand riding a horse, but riding a cat is just hilarious.
4. “The Kitchen Maid” by Johannes Vermeer
At least the cat is trying to comfort the kitchen maid during her toil.
5. “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci
Zarathustra just loves being cuddled by this mysterious lady.
6. “American Gothic” by Grant Wood
The wife is gone and the replacement is just hilariously fitting for the painting.
7. “Escaping Criticism” by Pere Borrell
Both Zarathustra and the boy coming out of the painting are shocked.
8. Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with the Ermine), about 1488
Zarathustra is loving the slow parts of Cecilia Gallerani.
9. “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dalì
Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” should now be called “The Persistence of Cats”.
10. “Olympia” by Édouard Manet
The cat loves to have a bit of comfort too.
11. “La Primavera” by Sandro Botticelli
Imagine how it would feel like to be dancing between all these wonderful angels.
12. “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli
Clearly, Venus is not a cat – or is she?
13. “Pallas and the Centaur” by Sandro Botticelli
The centaur has changed into a cute cat, but that’s ok.
14. “Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles” by Karel Dujardin
Look at Zarathustra trying to catch a bubble as it floats away.
15. “Merrymakers at Shrovetide” by Frans Hals
Well, a cat’s favourite food is always fish and how could Zarathustra be away when such a wonderful feast is taking place.
16. The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Tower of Babel may be falling but who is the culprit? Well, it’s the cat Zarathustra after all.
17. “Portrait of an Unknown Woman in Russian Costume” by Argunov
This one is so funny. Not only is the woman holding the cat, but the cat is also wearing a wonderful collar that looks like the woman’s hat.
18. “Ploughing. Spring” by Aleksey Venetsianov
Well, it’s ploughing season and what animal could be best for ploughing but a pair of cats!
19. “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze
When Zarathustra is in command, you know that nothing can go wrong.
20. “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugene Delacroix
It’s no wonder that the liberty of the French people is coming through a cat – may be a beret would have been ideal.
21. “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” by Jacques-Louis David
Why not replace Napoleon with a cat? They are both good at leading people.
22. “Portrait of Gerard Andriesz Bicker” by Bartholomeus van der Helst
Gerard Andriesz Bicker loves the cat but Zarathustra may not be that comfortable.