facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Russian museum honors cat guards

April 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, April 6 (UPI) -- Russia's most popular art museum is hosting an exhibit in honor of the 60 cats it employs to protect paintings against mice and rats.

The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg has employed the cats dating back to its founding in 1764, when Catherine the Great created the institution. She even gave the felines a formal rank and stipend.

Museum officials began celebrating the cats in 1998.

This is the first year a separate gallery offering has been put together, RIA Novosti said Saturday. The exhibit is comprised of paintings by Alexandre Steinlen, an Art Nouveau painter noted for his love of cats.

The museum hosted a children's contest for cat drawings and compiled a "Book of Records of Hermitage Cats" chronicling the felines at the museum.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Zig-zagging lane lines confuse commuters along I-66 in Virginia
2
Man raises $28,000 to have his 100-pound scrotum removed
3
Missing Canadian found alive in Oklahoma almost 40 years later
4
iPad-wearing tortoises removed from Aspen art museum and moved to conservatory
5
Hyperlapse: UPI climbed Meat Mountain so you won't have to
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback