1860 Painting Depicts Woman With iPhone?

Internet bamboozled by art painted 162 years ago
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At a glance

  • Completed in 1860, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller’s “The Expected One,” appears to show a woman holding an iPhone while on a walk.
  • Art critics have said that the girl in the painting is not holding an iPhone, but is on her way to church while holding a small prayerbook.
  • Retired local Glasgow government officer, Peter Russell, first shed light on the painting and noted, “What strikes me most is how much a change in technology has changed the interpretation of the painting, and in a way has leveraged its entire context.”
  • Russel said, “The big change is that in 1850 or 1860, every single viewer would have identified the item that the girl is absorbed in as a hymnal or prayer book. Today, no one could fail to see the resemblance to the scene of a teenage girl absorbed in social media on their smartphone.”

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