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The Most Bizarre Medieval Cat Paintings and the Reason Why these Paintings looks so Weird

Due to the influence of religion on medieval painting in Europe, the medieval painting was rich in religious imagery and symbolism. In medieval art, primary attention was given to depicting religious figures, religious stories, and scenes from the afterlife. Early Christian paintings began to appear during the early medieval period, quickly progressing to Gothic art during the later period. A transition also took place from Roman art to Byzantine art during the early medieval period as Christianity had become more dominant.

Why do Medieval cat paintings look so weird?

Medieval artists were excelled in paintings, and they have created masterpieces in the history of art such as Carolingian Evangelist portrait, Bamberg Apocalypse from the Ottonian Reichenau, Mary Magdalene, Trinity, Judith Beheading Holofernes, and many more. However, they were not indeed good in the cats’ paintings. Medieval art depictions of cats have several reasons why they look weird. There were several purposes for these paintings, one of which was translating the religious scripts to the illiterate. This bizarre depiction may partly result from the artistic conventions of the time. Still, it shows how cats were perceived in the medieval period, possibly quite different from the loving companion animals we see today. Even though they’ve got the basic shapes of cats down to a tee in these cat illustrations, the face seems to pose the biggest challenge. Artists instead favor a grim, almost human-like look that makes the characters look a little scary instead of the adorable, feline features we are so accustomed to seeing. A very different relationship between humans and cats is depicted in these paintings. Cats have been viewed differently across time and space by different cultures. Cats were known to have been kept as family pets in Ancient Egypt, but the animal may have represented the Sun god. During the Middle Ages, cats were associated with witchcraft, which may explain their treatment during this time. From a religious perspective, medieval people viewed nature, and only humans, not animals, were considered divinely created.

Below are some of the cursed Medieval cat paintings. Vote your favorites.

#1 Yeah… fish is not gonna work, you’ll have to try harder

Yeah... fish is not gonna work, you'll have to try harder

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#2 Done with life

Done with life

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#3 What a cutie

What a cutie

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#4 White cat

White cat

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#5 Melancholic cat plays the lyre

Melancholic cat plays the lyre

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#6 Cat with eyebrows

Cat with eyebrows

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#7 Hey cat. stop licking your butt on the book of maccabees or you’ll get an arrow

Hey cat. stop licking your butt on the book of maccabees or you’ll get an arrow

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#8 The true king

The true king

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#9 This must be a cat from the hallucinogenic meadows of scotland

This must be a cat from the hallucinogenic meadows of scotland

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#10 This cat is starring into your soul

This cat is starring into your soul

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#11 I know i don’t want to know what these two just saw

I know i don't want to know what these two just saw

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#12 This bathing cat

This bathing cat

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#13 The cat you cannot unsee

The cat you cannot unsee

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#14 I want to have whatever that cat is having

I want to have whatever that cat is having

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#15 Look at those lovely eyes

Look at those lovely eyes

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#16 Casual cat life

Casual cat life

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#17 This bishop cat

This bishop cat

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#18 Medieval cheshire cat

Medieval cheshire cat

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#19 Is this a cat, a dog or a boar?

Is this a cat, a dog or a boar?

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#20 The one and only love

The one and only love

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#21 Cat rider

Cat rider

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#22 Defiant cat riding a horse

Defiant cat riding a horse

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#23 I has mowse

I has mowse

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#24 Nativity scene

Nativity scene

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#25 Snailcat

Snailcat

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#26 Zombie petting a cat

Zombie petting a cat

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#27 This looks like a lizard pretending to be a cat

This looks like a lizard pretending to be a cat

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#28 Catnip trip

Catnip trip

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#29 Magpie inspecting the cat’s butt

Magpie inspecting the cat’s butt

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#30 Catsnail

Catsnail

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#31 Medieval omg cat

Medieval omg cat

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#32 Wild cats

Wild cats

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#33 Because why shouldn’t a cat be playing a stringed instrument?

Because why shouldn't a cat be playing a stringed instrument?

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#34 Cat churning butter

Cat churning butter

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#35 Cats’ habits

Cats’ habits

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#36 Bipedal cat monsters eating a leech?

Bipedal cat monsters eating a leech?

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#37 That kitten is not… ok

That kitten is not... ok

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#38 A feline with the blues

A feline with the blues

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#39 I can has a spindle?

I can has a spindle?

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#40 Cloaked and flower-tailed feline

Cloaked and flower-tailed feline

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#41 Queen cat and a monkey pope tripping balls?

Queen cat and a monkey pope tripping balls?

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#42 Monkey hugging a kitten – no wonder the she took it as her own

Monkey hugging a kitten - no wonder the she took it as her own

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#43 Medieval cat or the ouroboros? ’tis the catouroboros

Medieval cat or the ouroboros? 'tis the catouroboros

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#44 Alien cat

Alien cat

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#45 White cat

White cat

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#46 Winged cross-eyed kitteh

Winged cross-eyed kitteh

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#47 Butt licking cat

Butt licking cat

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#48 He hates meeces to pieces

He hates meeces to pieces

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#49 Classic cat and mouse relationship

Classic cat and mouse relationship

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#50 Hudy-gurdy cat

Hudy-gurdy cat

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#51 Someone please take that kitten out of it’s misery

Someone please take that kitten out of it's misery

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#52 Floral border cat

Floral border cat

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#53 The king of the cats… or maybe demons that went through a food processor?

The king of the cats... or maybe demons that went through a food processor?

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#54 Initial cat

Initial cat

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#55 Drumming cat

Drumming cat

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#56 Marginal kitten

Marginal kitten

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#57 Devil and the cat worshippers kissing the cat’s butt

Devil and the cat worshippers kissing the cat’s butt

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#58 Kissing a cat

Kissing a cat

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#59 Mouse holder

Mouse holder

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#60 Keyboard cat

Keyboard cat

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