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Historical Painting with Wikipedia Links & Mouse Over Tagging Taiwanese Artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An, 2006, oil on canvas

Great project to know by simple mouse over these historical people.

Here is the famous painting with 103 historical guests – how many can you spot?

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There are 103 famous people in this oil painting, Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante.
the painting alludes to an 18th-century genre known as the “conversation piece”, epitomised by Johann Zoffany’s Tribuna of the Uffizi (c 1770s).

Zoffany portrayed gatherings of cognoscenti or music lovers, once even the crowd at a cockfight, here we see an impossible gathering of historical figures in the afterlife. But that’s just the start of the art arcana.

In the painting:

The portrait of Federico da Montefeltro alluded to in the painting Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante is the work of Piero della Francesca, not Piero di Cosimo.

Dante, whose religious poem The Divine Comedy is the key to this painting if its title is anything to go by, stands in profile like Piero della Francesca’s portrait of Federigo da Montefeltro.

Taiwanese artists Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang An, who appear in the top right of the picture.

Leonardo da Vinci worked for evil rulers such as Cesare Borgia and here he listens politely to Stalin’s mad schemes.

The painting is completed in 2006, it is titled Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante.


How many did you recognize?

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

9. Bruce Lee, martial arts actor

10. Winston Churchill

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. The Prince of Wales

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, American 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. Zhou Enlai, first Premier of the People’s Republic of China

45. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, German writer

46. Laozi, Chinese philosopher

47. Marilyn Monroe, American actress

48. Salvador Dali, Spanish painter

49. Dowager Cixi, former ruler of China

50. Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister

51. Qi Baishi, Chinese painter

52. Qin Shi Huang, former Chinese Emperor

53. Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic missionary

54. Song Qingling, Chinese politician

55. Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet

56. Otto Von Bismarck, German statesman

57. Run Run Shaw, Chinese media mogul

58. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher

59. Audrey Hepburn, actress

60. Ludwig Van Beethoven, German composer

61. Adolf Hitler, Nazi leader

62. Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist leader

63. Saddam Hussein, former Iraq president

64. Maxim Gorky, Russian writer

65. Sun Yat-Sen, Chinese revolutionary

66. Den Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary

67. Alexander Pushkin, Russian author

68. Lu Xun, Chinese writer

69. Joseph Stalin, former Soviet Union leader

70. Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian painter

71. Karl Marx, German philosopher

72. Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

73. Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President

74. Mao Zedong, Chinese dictator

75. Charlie Chaplin, British actor

76. Henry Ford, founder of Ford motor company

77. Lei Feng, Chinese soldier

78. Norman Bethune, Canadian physician

79. Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist

80. Juan Antonio Samaranch, former International Olympic Committee president

81. Chiang Kai Shek, Chinese general

83. Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist

84. Li Bai, Chinese poet

82. The Queen

85. Corneliu Baba, Romanian painter

86. Auguste Rodin, French artist

87. Dwight Eisenhower, former U.S. President

88. Michael Jordan, U.S. basketball player

89. Hideki Tojo, former Japanese Prime Minister

90. Michelangelo, Italian Renaissance painter

91. Yi Sun-Sin, Korean naval commander

92. Mike Tyson, American boxer

93. Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister

94. Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author

95. Shirley Temple, American actress

96. Albert Einstein, German physicist

97. Moses, Hebrew religious leader

98. Confucius, Chinese philosopher

99. Ghandi, Indian spiritual leader

100. Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter

101. Toulouse Lautrec, French painter

102. Marcel Duchamp, French artist

(Osama bin Laden, founder of al Qaeda, is behind George W. Bush, no 21)