If you love cats and art history, get ready for a surreal and hilarious photo adventure.

Photoshop has made this cat a time traveler. No model has quite such an eclectic portfolio. He’s been Aphrodite and Napoleon, stood in for elegant ladies, posh gents, angels, and even horses.

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Creator of these photos, mistaken by the uninitiated in cat-culture as the cat’s owner, certainly found her “mews” in this epic cat. And this epic cat has an equally epic name, Zarathustra.

From the surreal to the sublime, the classic and the modern, Zarathustra inserts himself into the art world in typical cat style, sprawling prominently and nonchalantly across each canvas. To lovers of “high-art” these images are perhaps sacrilegious, but for the rest of us they are a cute and comedic treat.

In the words of Zarathustra himself, “Only great artists can appreciate [his] generous body and sublime soul.”

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  • Here Zarathrustra and a buddy of his give their edits and suggestions to America’s founding fathers in a reworking of John Turnbull’s painting, Declaration of Independence.


  • Here, Zarathustra poses as Venus, in Diego Velazquez’s, Venus at her Mirror. That cat likes what he sees.


  • Zarathustra brings feline elegance and grace as the Goddess of Love in Sandro Botticelli’s, The Birth of Venus.


  • Here he brings can-has-cheeseburger flare to American Gothic, by Grant Wood.


  • Zarathustra is adored by worshipers in Filippino Lippi’s painting The Worship of the Golden Calf (or Cat, as the case may be).


  • With ferocity and passion, Zarathustra leaps like a tiger in Salvador Dali’s exquisite painting, Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Waking Up.


  • Finally, Zarathustra models as Napoleon in Jaques-Luis David’s work, Napoleon Crossing the Alps. No one can doubt that this cat could take over the world.

    Click here for more Zarathustra, or here for more cute cat photos from One Green Planet.

    Lead image source: fatcat.ru