Saturday, August 17, 2013

Caturday - 'Cats of the Hermitage'

The State Hermitage Museum has contributed to the genre of cat portraiture in the grand manner by commissioning an artist to render its famous feline guardians dressed in Tsarist court costumes. The Uzbek artist Eldar Zakirov has created the series “Cats of the Hermitage” for the Hermitage Magazine based on works in the St Petersburg museum’s collection. The magnificent moggies are depicted with deadpan expressions, dressed in historically accurate uniforms, such as The Hermitage Court Chamber Herald Cat. In 1745, Empress Elizabeth ordered that Russia's best cats be brought to the Winter Palace to rid it of rats. They have been guarding the Hermitage's treasures ever since and are now regarded as treasures in their own right.

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