Ever tried to paint a cat? It turns out that it’s not as easy as you might expect. It indeed wasn’t for these Medieval artists anyway! While they excelled at painting religious scenes, portraits of Royalty and naked ladies, this particular type of pussy offered an altogether different challenge.

There are a couple of reasons why do these funny cats look as they do in the Medieval art depictions. One of them is that the primary purpose of these paintings was to translate the religious scripts to the illiterate (bear in mind that there were relatively few people who could read - monks, priests, and the nobility), and the other, unnecessary details weren't so scrupulously painted.

On the other hand, linear perspective, giving a painting depth, was not systemized up until the Italian Rennaissance. That's why the given ugly cats look so flat and slightly misshapen.

While most of them have got the basic shape of a feline down to a reasonable tee in these cat illustrations, it is the face that seems to provide the biggest problem. Instead of the cute kitten features, we all know and love, the artists, instead appear to favor a grim, almost human-like look that makes these cat paintings look a bit, well, scary. I guess the drawings do prove though that we have been obsessed with sharing cat memes since way before the internet!

Scroll down to check out the list of Medieval funny cat memes compiled by Bored Panda below, and don’t forget to vote for 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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Hans
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3 years ago

This picture is slightly disturbing.

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#2

Done With Life

Done With Life

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Hans
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3 years ago

Looks a bit like a face swap with this foozled Jesus fresco.

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#3

What A Cutie

What A Cutie

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Got a flat face, today?

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#4

White Cat

White Cat

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

almost

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#5

Melancholic Cat Plays The Lyre

Melancholic Cat Plays The Lyre

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

Cat Stevens?

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#6

Cat With Eyebrows

Cat With Eyebrows

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Hans
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3 years ago

Fair enough. Probably cats still had eyebrows in these days...

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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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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

bang, right in the pencil sharpener

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#8

The True King

The True King

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Graffitti from 1430?

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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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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

A leopard?

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#10

This Cat Is Starring Into Your Soul

This Cat Is Starring Into Your Soul

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Hans
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3 years ago

and it has lips...

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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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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

"MY EYES. MY EYES"

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#12

This Bathing Cat

This Bathing Cat

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Luna Matara
Community Member
3 years ago

Catfish

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#13

The Cat You Cannot Unsee

The Cat You Cannot Unsee

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

See they did have cameras..... ? where are those photos of when the panning goes wrong please?

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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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Miss Cris
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3 years ago

Oh, at first I thought "this cat looks like a dog"... before scrolling

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#15

Look At Those Lovely Eyes

Look At Those Lovely Eyes

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frank0ys
Community Member
3 years ago

...Majestic!

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#16

Casual Cat Life

Casual Cat Life

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Dutch Sinco
Community Member
3 years ago

Cat with a pet rat h0w nice

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#17

This Bishop Cat

This Bishop Cat

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

That's not a cat. That's King Ringtail Julien XIII!

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#18

Medieval Cheshire Cat

Medieval Cheshire Cat

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

Love it!

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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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Luna Matara
Community Member
3 years ago

Beaver

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#20

The One And Only Love

The One And Only Love

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm afraid from the hands of that ghost, or lamp genius, or whatever

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#21

Cat Rider

Cat Rider

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

"this isn't what it looks like"

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#22

Defiant Cat Riding A Horse

Defiant Cat Riding A Horse

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

This one made me laugh :)

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#23

I Has Mowse

I Has Mowse

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webbkitten
Community Member
3 years ago

why does the mouse look so normal and the cat look so...so wrong?

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#24

Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

Darwin's Nativity

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#25

Snailcat

Snailcat

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Luna Matara
Community Member
3 years ago

Gary: meauw

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#26

Zombie Petting A Cat

Zombie Petting A Cat

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a pity that cats had eaten all that giant strawberries at middle ages so they have been extinguished before I was born, I would love them!

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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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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

And the black thing is a ....

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#28

Catnip Trip

Catnip Trip

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Pillow
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3 years ago

Just wondering, if any of this artists ever seen a cat?

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#29

Magpie Inspecting The Cat’s Butt

Magpie Inspecting The Cat’s Butt

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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

one for sorrow

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#30

Catsnail

Catsnail

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Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

snail cat.....du na na na na!

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#31

Medieval OMG Cat

Medieval OMG Cat

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webbkitten
Community Member
3 years ago

me by the end of the week

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#32

Wild Cats

Wild Cats

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Miss Cris
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3 years ago

Is that a cat on a tree?

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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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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Works better as a dog..or a sheep. It is the music from hell ?

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#34

Cat Churning Butter

Cat Churning Butter

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Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

and looks like hes sweating.......a lot

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#35

Cats’ Habits

Cats’ Habits

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Gali Soff
Community Member
3 years ago

the middle one has the pattern of .. The Dress https://www.google.com/search?q=the+dress&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9g57bt4_aAhUOVa0KHWFlA4YQ_AUICigB&biw=1250&bih=652 😂

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#36

Bipedal Cat Monsters Eating A Leech?

Bipedal Cat Monsters Eating A Leech?

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Luna Matara
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3 years ago

It's remind me of "something"

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#37

That Kitten Is Not... Ok

That Kitten Is Not... Ok

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Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

what is in that water??!?!

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#38

A Feline With The Blues

A Feline With The Blues

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

Good tail!

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#39

I Can Has A Spindle?

I Can Has A Spindle?

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

Where you looking for disney princesses?

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#40

Cloaked And Flower-Tailed Feline

Cloaked And Flower-Tailed Feline

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

And where is this man putting his hands?

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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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MammaG
Community Member
3 years ago

Balls being tripped fo sho.

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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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Jef Bateman
Community Member
3 years ago

Why do they put so many monkeys with the cats? Is it because monkeys used to be common as pets?

#43

Medieval Cat Or The Ouroboros? 'Tis The Catouroboros

Medieval Cat Or The Ouroboros? 'Tis The Catouroboros

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

The claw at the back is so right...and the rest of it so wrong.

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#44

Alien Cat

Alien Cat

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webbkitten
Community Member
3 years ago

why does it have frog feet?

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#45

White Cat

White Cat

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Elfmonkey
Community Member
3 years ago

The background is actually really nice!

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#46

Winged Cross-Eyed Kitteh

Winged Cross-Eyed Kitteh

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Heather
Community Member
3 years ago

Bootiful

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#47

Butt Licking Cat

Butt Licking Cat

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Annika Engevik
Community Member
3 years ago

That tongue goes right in there, doesn't it?

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#48

He Hates Meeces To Pieces

He Hates Meeces To Pieces

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

The lizard on the right is nicely done tho'.

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#49

Classic Cat And Mouse Relationship

Classic Cat And Mouse Relationship

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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

That mouse has a beak ????

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#50

Hudy-Gurdy Cat

Hudy-Gurdy Cat

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Naah.. That's his skateboard!

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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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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

I like how the monkey express tenderness and care

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#52

Floral Border Cat

Floral Border Cat

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Dragonet
Community Member
3 years ago

Weasal

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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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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Like the title :D.

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#54

Initial Cat

Initial Cat

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MammaG
Community Member
3 years ago

Giving a massage?

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#55

Drumming Cat

Drumming Cat

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MammaG
Community Member
3 years ago

Droppin' mad beats!

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#56

Marginal Kitten

Marginal Kitten

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Réka Kaszala
Community Member
3 years ago

I mean...at least its kinda cute...kinda

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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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Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

I am sure it is just a lack of depth perception...and I wish I could un-see this.

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#58

Kissing A Cat

Kissing A Cat

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Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

derp

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#59

Mouse Holder

Mouse Holder

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Miss Cris
Community Member
3 years ago

Cats are looking sad...

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#60

Keyboard Cat

Keyboard Cat

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Miss Cris
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3 years ago

Giant rat!=8O

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