Today We, Zarathustra the Cat, reveal the true version of the masterpiece of the famous British pre-Raphaelite artist John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, “Love and the Maiden”:
What appeared to happen in this beautiful tempera, embellished with gold paint and gold leaf?
To explain it, we should ask do you remember the story of Cupid and Psyche?
Cupid abducted Psyche with her Fat Cat, who was rather heavy to carry in a flight
That’s why Cupid gave him a couple of magic wings and decided to teach the cat to fly. After this, the Fat Cat should inherit Cupid’s profession of a god of love.
It was a very perspective idea: such a strong handsome cat could bring tons of love to humans!
But their best-laid plans went wrong: the clumsy cat had gotten caught by blossoming oleander branches and gave his super-humans a lot of troubles to release him from the flourishing trap.
This epic moment is depicted at the painting whose commonly known version is to be seen at the Legion of Honor of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco:
Now you see that the presence of the Fat Cat gives much more sense to the happening in the painting
Thus speaks Zarathustra the Cat