An Old Painting Shows a Girl Using an iPhone

An Old Painting from 1960

If you look at this old painting closely, you might notice something odd about the girl.  This was painted somewhere in 1860’s. Apparently, it shows a girl engrossed in an iPhone as she walks down the path. Across the bend, a  boy is waiting on one knee with a pink flower in his hand for wooing her.

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The Expected One by Ferdinand George Waldmüller

The iPhone was notice by Glaswegian Peter Russell at the Neue Pinakothek museum in Munich where this painting is displayed. It is called The Expected One, painted by an Austrian artist Ferdinand George Waldmüller.

Peter shared his findings on his twitter account.

Not Reading on an iPhone

According to the gallery, the girl is busy perusing a hymn book. Reading of  hymnal or prayer book was quite common in 1850s and 60s.

The Interpretation in 2017

“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,” said Russell. He occasionally blogs about culture and writes poetry.

He stated: “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.”

Art has been the representative of a culture through ages. The interpretation of arts also define our mental framework. Smartphone usage has become so integral to our existence that our interpretations have become biased to it. Anybody from today’s era will spot the girl hunched over an iPhone. At first glance its seems as if the girl had time-traveled.  It never appears that she could be reading from a book, which she is.

via Motherboard.

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