Is that Rocky in Raphael's Vatican Mural?!
May 14 2012
Picture: The Sun
No! But that didn't stop The Sun asking the question:
A visitor to the Vatican was shocked to discover that one of the artistic masterpieces contained a dead ringer for Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone.
The likeness of the screen hardman, best known for playing boxing underdog Rocky, appears in the background of a 1511 fresco by Old Master Raphael.
The artwork is displayed in one of the Raphael Rooms at the Catholic city-state inside the boundaries of Rome, Italy. Called The Cardinal and Theological Virtues, it shows Pope Gregory IX approving new Papal laws.
The hilarious likeness was spotted by Harvard student Anthony Zonfrell, 20, who was on holiday in Italy with his family.
Thrilled with their art historical scoop, The Sun then scoured the world's Old Masters to see what other celebrities could be spotted. My favourite is Mr Bean in Philippe de Champaigne's Last Supper.
Meanwhile, The Irish Sun has another historical scoop: 'Cromwell was gay Metrosexual'.