Internet is filled with adorable cat photos, but there was a time before the modern age when artists really struggled to make cats look cute. While medieval artists excelled at painting religious scenes and portraits of royalty, cats offered an altogether different challenge. It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat. Scroll down to feast your eyes on ugly cat art gallery!
So why were medieval artists so terrible at painting cats? Here are a few theories: maybe they’d never actually seen a cat before. Back in the medieval times, not everyone had access to the internet (crazy, we know). So if you lived in a small village and didn’t have any cats around, you might not have had a clear idea of what they actually looked like. Or maybe the artists were trying to paint cats from memory, and failing miserably – they’d seen a cat once, thought they could remember what it looked like, and then ended up with something that looked like a cross between a rat and a demon. Or maybe they were intentionally making cats look weird to mess with people. Artists are a mischievous bunch. They love screwing with people. Who wouldn’t be a little freaked out by a cat that looks like it’s plotting your demise?
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