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Russian artist adds big ginger cat to classic paintings

Russian artist, Svetlana Petrova, is causing a stir in the art world by adding her cat, Zarathustra, to classic pictures. Big ginger cat, Zarathustra, has been digitally added to pictures dating back to Ancient Egypt and the new memes have become an internet hit...
Zarathustra the Cat in Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' (Photo: Svetlana Petrova/ Fatcatart)
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Russian artist, Svetlana Petrova, is causing a stir in the art world by adding her cat, Zarathustra, to classic pictures. Big ginger cat, Zarathustra, has been digitally added to pictures dating back to Ancient Egypt and the new memes have become an internet hit
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Zarathustra in Katsushika Hokusai 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' (Photo: Svetlana Petrova/ Fatcatart)

Ms Petrova put Zarathustra in works by Chagall, Leonardo Da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Botticelli, to name but a few and she plans to add him to many more.

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Zarathustra lying with Venus of Urbino in Tiziano's classic painting (Photo: Svetlana Petrova/ Fatcatart)

Ms Petrova tells Carol that she thinks Zarathustra is a natural artist and poses well for his pictures. She is convinced Zarathustra knows he is making art and that he is always very friendly to photographers who take his picture.

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The Mona Lisa plus Zarathustra (Photo: Svetlana Petrova/ Fatcatart)

Svetlana Petrova's pictures are being displayed in the UK from Saturday in an exhibition called "From Icons to I-Cats", being held at the Stonehouse Mill in Abingdon, England.

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A flying Zarathustra in the Chagall painting (Photo: Svetlana Petrova/ Fatcatart)


You can see more classic paintings featuring Zarathustra the cat by visiting Ms Petrova's Fat Cat Art page here.

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A feline version of American Gothic featuring Zarathustra the cat (Photo: Svetlana Petrova/ Fatcatart)


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