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An 1860 Painting Of A Woman Using An Iphone Has Taken The World By Storm- Iphone In The 60s?

A painting from the 1860s has a detail seemingly swiped from modern times: a woman hunched and walking with her eyes seemingly glued to a phone.

As a man crouches in wait to spring a flower on her, she doesn’t even look up.

Yup, nothing really seems to have changed beyond the nineteenth century garments.



Glaswegian Peter Russell spotted the ‘iPhone’ on a visit to the museum in Munich where the painting – The Expected One by Ferdinand George Waldmüller – hangs.

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What strikes me most is how much a change in technology has chance the interpretation of the painting, and in a way has leveraged its entire context.

He added:

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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