A Glasgow man named Peter Russell posted a photo on Twitter last week of a painting that is over a century old that appeared to show a woman holding an iPhone.
The 1860 painting by Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller is titled The Expected One and is currently on display at the Neue Pinakothek in Munich. People on Twitter were quick to respond.
I think it's a small Bible. If you observe closely you can also see a a rosary.— Miroslava (@Miroslava1110) November 13, 2017
what a load of pish....— Stevie Ross 🏴 (@StevieRoss) November 14, 2017
It's clearly a Kindle....
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.