The 1860 â€˜time travelâ€™ portray that seems to indicate a woman holding a â€˜smartphoneâ€™ – ewao
When you scrutinize at the portray it immediately strikes you: A woman staring at a smartphone while walking, a scene not too unfamiliar with nowadays’s way of life. However, despite the fact that many people would find that this scene shows what seems to be a smartphone, the truth is that this is ONLY evidence of how technology changes our interpretation of art.
And no, it is not time travel, and she’s not holding a smartphone, I mean, after total, reception in 1860 would acquire been a pain in the ass, right?
How many of us acquire walked along the street, firmly greedy our precious piece of technology while sending texts or watching YouTube videos?
The scene depicted in this 19th-century Waldmuller portray seems to indicate the exact same thing, but… smartphones didn’t exist in 1980, did they?
The truth is no, they did not, but as famous by retired Glasgow local government officer Peter Russell who spotted the scene at the Neue Pinakothek museum in Munich:
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
“What strikes me most is how much a change in technology has changed the interpretation of the portray, and in a way, has leveraged its entire context. The astronomical change is that in 1850 or 1860, every single viewer would acquire identified the item that the girl is absorbed in as a hymnal or prayer book. nowadays, no one could fail to see the resemblance to the scene of a teenage girl absorbed in social media on their smartphone.”
The portray is believed to acquire been created sometime between 1850—1890 by Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.
It’s called ‘The Expected One’ and shows a woman walking down a rocky path towards a kneeling man, with a flower in his hand, ‘expecting’ the young woman.
The young lady is illustrated firmly greedy a small rectangular thing—strikingly similar to a contemporary-day smartphone.
However, despite the fact that some may find a similarity between the thing held by the young woman and a contemporary-day smartphone, the truth is that it isn’t a technological gadget but by a long shot a hymnbook.
The portray is evidence that nowadays’s society, which is engulfed by technological gadgets sees art in a different way than people 20, 30 or 50 years ago.
Had you shown this scene to someone 50 years ago, you would acquire never obtained an acknowledge saying: “oh scrutinize that must be some sort of futuristic artifact…”, but by a long shot; “…she’s holding a hymnbook or a bible…”
Technology changes people, and apparently, it also changes our interpretation of art. This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten confused when looking at ancient paintings. Not long ago, we wrote approximately a portray depicting a scene from the 17th century, where a local American man is portrayed holding in his hand a device that according to many is eerily similar to a contemporary-day Smartphone.
Speaking approximately the alleged smartphone in the portray in an interview with Motherboard, Dr. Margaret Bruchac from the University of Pennsylvania told said: “It does bear a by a long shot uncanny resemblance, both in the way, it’s being held and the way it focuses his attention, to a smartphone.”
However, Dr. Bruchac explained how instead of being an actual smartphone, the thing is more likely to acquire been an iron blade, saying that the portray was a ‘romanticized artistic genre’ which made it tough to relate.