It's the Painting That's Become an Internet Craze, Starring 103 Famous - and Not-So Famous - Figures. How Many Can You Spot?

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It's the Painting That's Become an Internet Craze, Starring 103 Famous - and Not-So Famous - Figures. How Many Can You Spot?


THEY are perhaps the ultimate dinner party guests. Stalin engages Leonardo da Vinci in conversation, Beethoven serenades Audrey Hepburn on the piano and Shakespeare is sandwiched between Elvis and Mozart. Bill Clinton raises a glass in cheer, while Churchill smokes a cigar and surveys the scene. And surrounding them all are images of some of Man's defining creations -- Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the car. This extraordinary painting by little-known Taiwanese artists Dai

Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang An (who appear in the top right of the picture), which also features some Chinese communist leaders and poets little known outside Asia, has become the latest internet hit -- with millions of people fascinated by the challenge of trying to identify all 103 figures depicted in the painting.

Completed in 2006, it is titled Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante and seems to be a metaphor for our celebrity-obsessed world.

So how many can you recognise?

1. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder

2. Homer, Greek poet

3. Cui Jian, Chinese singer

4. Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary

5. Pavel Korchagin, Russian artist

6. Bill Clinton, former U.S. President

7. Peter the Great, Russian leader 8. Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister 9. Bruce Lee, martial arts actor

10. Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister

11. Henri Matisse, French artist

12. Genghis Khan, Mongolian warlord

13. Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader

14. Che Guevara, Marxist revolutionary

15. Fidel Castro, former Cuban leader

16. Marlon Brando, actor

17. Yasser Arafat, former Palestinian leader

18. Julius Caesar, Roman emperor

19. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault, WW II U.S. aviator

20. Luciano Pavarotti, singer

21. George W. Bush, former U.S. President

22. Britain's Prince Charles

23. Liu Xiang, Chinese Olympic hurdler

24. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General

25. Zhang An, the painter

26. Mikhail Gorbachev, former Russian leader

27. Li Tiezi, the painter

28. Dante Alighieri, Florentine poet

29. Dai Dudu, the painter

30. Pele, Brazilian footballer

31. Guan Yu, Chinese warlord

32. Ramses II, Egyptian pharaoh

33. Charles De Gaulle, French general

34. Albert Nobel, Swedish chemist who founded the Nobel prizes

35. Franklin Roosevelt, former U.S. President

36. Ernest Hemingway, U.S. novelist

37. Elvis Presley, American singer

38. Robert Oppenheimer, U.S. physicist

39. William Shakespeare, playwright

40. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer

41. Steven Spielberg, U.S. film director

42. Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter

43. Marie Curie, physicist and pioneer of radioactivity

44. …

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