painting depicting 103 figures from world history in striking detail
has become the latest internet hit.
have erupted with contests to identify all those featured, who range
from instantly recognisable figures like Gandhi to some more obscure
figures such as Liu Xiang, the Chinese hurdler who limped out of
the Beijing Olympics in the summer.
of mystery also surrounds that origins of the picture, which appears
to have drawn inspiration from Raphael’s Renaissance fresco The
School of Athens.
While the figures
in Raphael’s painting were all ancient philosophers, there appears
little to connect the characters in the recent work which finds
room for historical greats like Napoleon as well as Bill Gates,
the bespectacled face of modern success.