Medieval Artists Were Really Bad At Drawing Cats

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.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

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It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.

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  1. Claire Mays April 3, 2020

    Several of these cats were really bosses who thought they were using the potato filter.

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  2. margie April 3, 2020

    Love the cat with the crown- they would all identify with this!

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  3. Audrey April 4, 2020

    Those brought some real laughter at a grim time. Thanks!

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  4. Anonymous April 4, 2020

    The mostly awful and evil depictions of cats in Medieval times was due to their perceived alliance with the devil and witches. Many cats were tortured and sacrificed after Pope Benedict accused them as heretical.

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  5. Anonymous April 4, 2020

    Oops, cats being oppressed by the Vatican was instigated by Pope Gregory the IX, not Pope Benedict.

  6. Lulu April 4, 2020

    Your. Site. Is. BRILLIANT!!!

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  7. Robbin22 April 5, 2020

    Delightful. I look forward to more like this. Thank you

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  8. Anonymous April 5, 2020

    MEOW

  9. JD April 5, 2020

    Oh how I loved looking at these! Good laughs. Thanks so much!
    As posted at the beginning, “It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat.” Indeed! How unfair to one of God’s most graceful and delightful creations, especially in the cases where they have been given ugly human-like noses and mouths!

    By the way, I was amused when I came across the explanation that the Chinese statues resembling pug dogs x pomeranians, perhaps, were the result of devout Buddhists trying to imagine what a lion might have looked like–as apparently a lion or lions feature in some stories about the Buddha. To my eyes, the results were as grotesque as the Buddhist “lions” in front of temples, but the statues do not look as hideous and evil as these poor cats!

  10. Rev. Debra McLaughlin April 6, 2020

    I think the crown is bishop’s mitre, which makes it all the more fabulous!!!

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  11. pig benis April 7, 2020

    these pics are cash lol

  12. Anonymous April 10, 2020

    I love these !!!!

  13. E.Rhoads April 11, 2020

    Love all these cat pics…a lot of humanesque faces–I saw maybe one close catface.Great research was done to present these faces!!! Thank you!!

  14. Ms. roblox April 14, 2020

    im gonna trow up…

  15. Doreen April 14, 2020

    Terrific I don’t know which one I picked is the best they are all so good , I had a good laugh over some of them thank you

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  16. Anonymous April 14, 2020

    If you can’t take a picture, I think painting cats would be quite difficult, they really don’t play nice when you want them to do something. Bet there aren’t any good paintings of cheetahs back then, either… Just sayin

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  17. Chris April 15, 2020

    After the persecution of cats, came the plague. They killed so many cats the rats proliferated and brought the fleas which spread the bubonic plague.

  18. Jo Shields April 16, 2020

    You are the cat’s MEOW!

  19. Sue April 16, 2020

    Some do not even look like cats

  20. Anonymous April 17, 2020

    I love them….well, the first one, and it’s orange companion…the others are a bit more complex..

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  21. Kim April 25, 2020

    I laughed so much I cried.
    But it makes you wonder what aspects of our art will they be laughing about in a few hundred years.

  22. Anonymous April 27, 2020

    Please stop … enough cat, dog and pet themed stuff.

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  23. Anonymous April 28, 2020

    this is stoopid

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  24. Anonymous April 28, 2020

    I love how in the dog and cat one the dog is like dafuk is that thing lol haha

  25. let’s be udderly excited April 30, 2020

    Some of these things look like they had too much catnip and had hallucinations of grandeur or had horrible plastic surgery fails but a lot of self-confidence.

  26. Peter Askin May 1, 2020

    I love these cats, both original and delightful. Not always a great likeness, but strangely compelling.

  27. Deborah May 12, 2020

    Or that’s what cats really looked like back then! :)

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