When you look at the painting, it hits you immediately: a woman who looks at a smartphone while walking, a scene not very unknown with the current way of life.
SMART PHONES DID NOT EXIST IN 1890?
It is believed that the painting was created sometime between 1850-1890 by the Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.
It is called ‘The Expected One’ and it shows a woman walking on a rocky path towards a kneeling man, holding a flower in her hand, ‘waiting’ for the young woman.
The young woman is firmly illustrated holding a small rectangular object, surprisingly similar to a modern smartphone.
However, despite the fact that some may find a similarity between the object held by the young woman and a modern smartphone, the truth is that it is not a technological device but rather a hymnbook.
It is evidence that today’s society, which is involved in technological artifacts, sees art in a different way than people did 20, 30 or 50 years ago.
If you had shown this scene to someone 50 years ago, you would never have obtained an answer that said: “oh, look, it must be a kind of futuristic artifact …”, but rather; “… she is holding a hymnal or a bible …”
Not long ago, we wrote about a painting depicting a seventeenth-century scene depicting a Native American holding in his hand a device that, according to many, is strangely similar to a modern smartphone.
Is this proof of time traveling?
Speaking about the alleged smartphone in the painting in an interview with Motherboard, Dr. Margaret Bruchac of the University of Pennsylvania said:
“It has a pretty strange resemblance, both on the way, it takes place and the way you focus your attention on a smartphone .”