Royal Cat

V.G.Schwarz. Everyday life of Russian tzars. 1865. 
State Tretyakov Gallery.

      This painting by Schwarz is entitled "Everyday Life of Russian Tzars". Tzars were Russian rulers until the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. Although the picture is focused on the tzar (the guy in the white robe), please notice the real ruler of Russia in the foreground. Yes, exactly, the cat. That cat is Tzar Pushok Vasilievich Barsikov, who lived in the time the Romanov dynasty took power. His great-great-great-grandson Tzar Dimok Murlovich Barsikov lived at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. Because cats are less prone to violence than humans, Dimok was talked into forfeiting the throne. So for the cat world it was no big deal and no one had to get executed.

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