A woman walks through a countryside, engrossed in something she holds in her hands while her suitor awaits her approach with a flower in his hand. The scene is from an 1860 painting The Expected One by Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.
Retired officer Peter Russell from Glasgow, however, noticed a detail that went unnoticed for 157 years. According to him, the woman in the painting – that hangs at the Neue Pinakothek museum in Munich – is actually holding an iPhone in her hand.
Just like her on the dating app in Walmüller’s Die Erwartete (c. 1850): pic.twitter.com/Lakl0vCkri
— Peter A. Russell2291 (@Planet_Pedro) October 23, 2017
Maybe the woman was swiping left and right on Tinder because she doesn’t appear to notice her kneeling suitor.
Unfortunately, she isn’t engrossed in an iPhone but a hymn book.
Speaking to Motherboard, Russell said, “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. 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.”
Source of news : Indiatimes