Masterpieces of art ... improved by cats

Feb. 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM ET

Here at, we spend what some might consider an inordinate amount of time looking at pictures of cute little critters. Hey, what can we do? It’s part of the job. In any case, while not every member of the staff is cripplingly smitten with felines, when I stumbled upon a gallery of “Famous Paintings Improved by Cats” (courtesy of the endearingly strange humor site Sad and Useless), I felt obligated to share it with some of my cat-fancying colleagues. After a round of rapturous gasping, it was decided that we should, in turn, share this inspired splendor with you, our readers. While the sight of these furry re-renderings might have caused Rembrandt, Botticelli, Monet and their esteemed peers to cough up hairballs of their own, we thought you might enjoy them. /
Leonardo DaVinci, Mona Lisa /
Rembrandt, Danae /
Sandro Botticelli, Pallas and the Centaur /
Bartholomeus van der Helst, Family Portrait /
Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus /
Anthony van Dyck, Drunken Silenus /
Ivan Shishkin, Morning in a Pine Forest /
Claude Monet, Haystack at Giverny /
Vasily Surikov, Boyarina Morozova /
Titian, Venus and Cupid with an Organist

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Alex Smith is a Senior Editor at and is actually deathly allergic to cats