‘Time traveller’ woman seen holding an iPhone in 150-year-old painting, viewers claim – but experts have a simple answer | The Sun

ART fans have been left baffled after spotting a woman holding an iPhone in a 150-year-old painting, dubbing the muse a "time traveller".

But experts have a simple answer for the bizarre feature in Ferdinand George Waldmüller's stunning creation titled 'The Expected One'.

The pretty painting shows a young woman walking through the idyllic countryside, clutching something that looks suspiciously like a smartphone.

Her gaze is glued to the object in her hands, while a lovestruck lad can be seen waiting to hand her a pink flower.

Despite the lack of technology in 1860, eagle-eyed art enthusiasts claim the woman is strolling while scrolling an iPhone.

But art critics have rubbished the suggestion, insisting there is a simple explanation behind it.


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The woman is said to be reading a prayer book while walking through the countryside – rather than browsing social media.

Waldmüller's incredible work is now housed in a Munich museum, the Neue Pinakothek, where the halls are lined with paintings dating back to the 18th and 19th century.

The man who first sparked the conspiracy, Peter Russell, told VICE the discussion shows how much society has changed over the years.

He explained: "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.

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"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."

But it's not the first time modern technology has supposedly been spotted in a centuries-old painting.

Apple boss Tim Cook claimed he had noticed an iPhone in a piece of artwork during a visit to a museum in Amsterdam.

A man can be seen clutching a rectangular object while a woman, child and dog all take a look at it in the 350-year-old painting.

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Cook earlier told a conference: "I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I'm not so sure anymore."

The tech giant first came out with the iPhone in 2007.

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