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Chat to the Mona Lisa in Mandarin


Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa bought to life

Interactive technology has brought the Mona Lisa to life - and Leonardo da Vinci's enigmatic 16th Century portrait now speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.

A digital version of the work is the star attraction in a new exhibition of classic artworks recreated in multimedia form in Beijing.

Exhibition organiser Wang Hui spent two years preparing the collection.

He says it is the first time 3D, holographic and voice recognition technologies have been fused like this.

Visitors can also listen to Jesus Christ talking to his disciples and watch him move around the table of The Last Supper, while life-sized replica statues of Roman and Greek gods and goddesses strike provocative poses in a multimedia play.

Amazing art

Fine art graduate Zhao Yuanzhi was impressed by his visit.

"In studios, they're all stationary, but here they are alive and moving around," he said. "It's surprising and vivid."

The Mona Lisa is also programmed to answer questions about her mysterious smile and to talk about her life.

The World Classic Interactive Arts Exhibition is set to run in Beijing for three months.

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