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.