Weird Medieval Paintings Of Cats Licking Their Butts – Design You Trust

Weird Medieval Paintings Of Cats Licking Their Butts

Medieval monks were put to work making “illuminated manuscripts” – holy books in which every page was filled with beautiful works of art. Sometimes, they would fill the page with beautiful patterns of flowers and ivy. Sometimes, they would add depth to the words by illustrating the stories. And sometimes, they’d just draw cats licking their butts.

More: Tumblr h/t: sadanduseless

Butt licking cats is a weirdly common theme in medieval art, and nobody’s really sure why. The theory is that they were just etched in the margins by bored monks who wanted to amuse themselves. They thought the idea of sneaking in naughty pictures of cats into serious books was funny. So the monks would pass long, boring days scribbling pictures of these beautiful creatures taking care of their basic hygiene.

But that’s just a theory. Only one medieval monk ever commented on it, and as far as he was concerned, his fellow monks were just wasting time and precious ink. “Good Lord,” he wrote. “Even if the foolishness of it all occasions no shame, at least one might balk at the expense.”

Maybe it was not just monks. Maybe many people made drawings of them, sketched them in their free time… Think about it, medieval times must have been extremely boring, and a cat licking its own butthole must have been one of very few tools to brighten the day and make it that much more interesting. Sadly, only the monk creations have stood the test of time and survived to present day.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Wonderful Black And White Photos Of Rome In The Post-WWII
Brazilian Artist Creates Beds For Animals From The Old Tires That He Finds In The Streets
20 Punk Bands Of The 1980s You've Never Heard Of
Artist Mari Roldan Recreates Famous Paintings On European Banknotes
Romanian Artist Makes Detailed Paintings On Glass, And Here Are So Tiny Cool
This Is The Most Ridiculously Fashionable Feline Ever
Amazing Photos of the 1961 Ford Gyron
Cat Owner Sabine Fallend Photographs Her Eyeless Cat Who Sees With His Heart
25 Rare And Cool Polaroid Prints Of Teen Girls In The 1970s
With South Africa In Lockdown, The Lions Are Taking It Very Easy
Chic Chicks, Big Haired Paduan Chickens Photographed In A Highly Stylized Portrait Series
Artists Reimagined Cats As The Zodiac Signs
Humpback Whale Close Encounter Off California Coast
Fascinating Vintage Photographs Documented A "Spirit Of Christmas" In The 1895–1930s
First Australian Cat Cafe Opens in Melbourne
Real Life Teddy Bear’s Picnic: Model and Her Daughter Pose in Cute Snaps with Huge Brown Bear
Anti-Coyote Vests For Dogs Are More Punk Rock Than You'd Expect
Beautiful Kodachrome Slides of West Germany Taken By a Nurse During Her Tour of Duty in the Early 1950s
The Prophet: Superb Digital Concept Art Works of Craig Mullins
Miracle Black & White Photos Of A Desolate And Deserted London From 1977
Jack London’s Extraordinary Photos of London’s East End in 1902
Adorable 2019 Calendar Of Alpacas Living Luxuriously All Year Long
Men’s Pants 2020 Fashion Collection By London College Of Fashion
Beautiful Photos That Defined ’50s Women’s Swimsuits