Monday, March 23, 2009

(Who are those famous people who are) Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante

Oh yeah, you've just to check the cool painting, "Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante". (Screenshot above, but you may want to view the full size image of "Famous People Painting with Wiki Links & mouse over tagging").

How many famous people can you spot in this painting?

This 2006 artwork by Chinese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang Anjun has become an Internet hit, with people scrambling to identify all the 103 figures depicted in it.

The dinner party guests - including Stalin, Beethoven, Audrey Hepburn, Bruce Lee, Elvis, Marlon Brando, Mao Zedong, Gandhi and Bill Clinton - are surrounded by images of Man's creations such as the Pyramids.

The painting, called Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante, was inspired by the 12th-century poet's opus and is meant to eulogise history and human civilisation.

How many people can you recognise?

Spanning 6 by 2.6 meters, it also depicts world landmarks like the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian pyramids, Easter Island’s stone figures and Britain’s Stonehenge.

In the painting, former Russian leader Josef Stalin and Leonardo da Vinci seem to be engaging in a serious discussion. Current Russian leader Vladimir Putin rests his legs next to a sprawled-out Mike Tyson.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, holding her handbag, looks on with her trademark disdain.

Many of the personalities featured are Chinese. Former Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong is seen with former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai standing behind him.

Two famous warriors are featured - Mongolian leader Genghis Khan on a horse, back facing Napoleon Bonaparte, also on a horse.

Ancient Chinese Tang poet Li Bai seems half-drunk on a chair, with a small wine cup and a typewriter.

Other recognisable Chinese faces are former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, ancient philosopher Confucius, Sun Yat Sen, who gave democracy to China, former Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai Shek, and the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shihuang of the Chin dynasty.

More contemporary Chinese figures kung-fu star Bruce Lee and Olympics hurdler Liu Xiang.

Message boards on the Internet have been organising contests for readers to identify all the famous people featured.

We give you most of the answers here:

The non-Chinese fugures are:

Dante, Archimedes, Gates, Lenin, Pele, Tutankhamen, Hitler, Mussolini, Saddam, Chopin, Hepburn, Ford, Charlie Chaplin, Bethune, Gorky, Pushkin, Charles de Gaulle, Paul, Bill Clinton, Peter the Great, Matisse, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Elvis, Stalin, Da Vinci, Marx, Engels, Goethe, Nietzsche,Robert Caro, Shakespeare , Mozart, Napoleon, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Marlon Brando, Yasser Arafat, Monroe, Washington, Lincoln, Marie Curie, Rodin, Picasso, Caesar, Osama bin Laden, Bush, Luciano Pavarotti, Dali, Jordan, Sharon, Chennault, Charles, Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hideki Tojo, Mother Teresa, Michelangelo, Bismarck, Nobel, Tagore, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Eisenhower, Lautrec, Corneliu Baba, Gandhi, Noah, Einstein, Tolstoy, Hans Christian Andersen, Spielberg, Shirley Temple, Tyson, Vladimir Putin, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Freud, Elizabeth II.

From (?) "Spot the famous people in this drawing of a dinner party".

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