There are apps that are useful. There are apps that are fun. And then there are apps that simply make your life a tad more enjoyable. Or maybe even more than a tad.
One such app is Google Chrome extension Meow Met. Developed by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Media Lab, the concept is quite simple: when you open up a new tab in Chrome, instead of seeing this:
You see something like this:
Each time you open up a new tab, a cat-themed piece of artwork from the Met’s extensive collection appears on your screen.
Kind of matches the kitties on your keyboard. Or your desk.
As if cats online and on a lap aren’t distracting enough, there seem to be endless works of art featuring felines. Open up a tab, and there’s a study of a cat sleeping.
Open up another and there’s a photo of a cat by Walker Evans.
Cats provide inspiration for artists of all stripes — from unattributed works to those by the great masters, like Rembrandt.
There are cats depicted as gods, refined and majestic…
…and as more approachable creatures, caught in the act of being cats.
There are helpful cats…
…and curious cats.
But wait, there’s more!
Click on the name of the work and you can learn more about the art and the artist from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s like an art history course, with cats.
Cats + Art + Technology
There’s nothing better than finding something in the world that combines so many of the things I love in one place: cats, and art, and technology.
My only issue with the way the extension works is that sometimes the art is inelegantly cropped; this is easily fixed by resizing the browser window.
Which is worth it.
How to Get Meow Met
Want the extension for your computer? It’s easy enough to get the extension at the Chrome Web store. One click and your browser will be offering up tab-bies!
Do you think pets are worthy subjects for artists? Would your pet make a good model?
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