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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stellermatt 8 months ago

pussy... cock... jokes... must.. grown up....

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#2 Done With Life

Done With Life

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Hans 8 months 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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Jenn 8 months ago

did someone start to paint a person then went 'ah fuck it - now it's a cat' ?????

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#4 White Cat

White Cat

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stellermatt 8 months ago

all the toes

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#5 Melancholic Cat Plays The Lyre

Melancholic Cat Plays The Lyre

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abbi moon 8 months ago

why does it have a very human looking vagina?

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#6 Cat With Eyebrows

Cat With Eyebrows

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Hans 8 months 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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Agnes Jekyll 8 months ago

Genius. I hope the guy who drew her got a good long laugh--all the way to his next 7-year transcription

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#8 The True King

The True King

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stellermatt 8 months ago

*smile, he must have finished painting now, keep smiling*

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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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Shmily Riley 8 months ago

I'm feeling better and better about my cat drawing abilities.

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#10 This Cat Is Starring Into Your Soul

This Cat Is Starring Into Your Soul

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Hans 8 months ago

and it has lips...

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