A woman holds an iPhone in an 1860s painting: theories go viral

A theory about the famous painting “The Expected” (Die Erwartete) by Austrian painter Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller has gone viral on social networks. The work, which dates from 1860, depicts a woman walking along a path surrounded by nature, but with a peculiarity.

Cyber users claim that the woman in the painting is holding an . According to Deutsche Welle, the answer is one: NO.

What the woman is holding is a book, it has nothing to do with a cell phone.

According to reports, this is not the first time such a thing has happened. Tim Cook, CEO of , visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and claimed that a man in a 346-year-old Dutch painting appeared to be holding an iPhone.

Peter Russell, a former local official in Glasgow, Scotland, and one of the forerunners of the debate, said it was a product of “technological change,” with the interpretation of a painting altered and somehow influencing its entire context. “The big change is that in 1850 or 1860, anyone would have identified the girl's object as a hymn or a prayer book.

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