Medieval Mickey Mouse?
CNN, 11/15/02, KLAGENFURT, Austria - Restoration work on an Austrian church has uncovered a 700-year-old fresco that some say bears a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse. The "medieval Mickey" is one of a group of animals and mythical creatures surrounding St Christopher on the exterior of a church in the village of Malta in the province of Carinthia.
Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, is shown standing in a river.
Art historian Eduard Mahlknecht said the mouse-like creature could be beaver or a weasel.
The fresco dates from around 1300, Mahlknecht said.
Malta's mayor, Hans Peter Schaar, joked that "perhaps Hollywood could become our partner city."