Is Woman in 19th Century Painting Holding an iPhone?

October 6, 2022

Did a 162-year-old painting hanging in Munich, Germany, predict the future? Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller’s work “The Expected One,” depicts a young woman walking down a garden path. She appears to be absorbed with something in her hands that looks a lot like a cellphone. Yet, the work was created in 1860, causing some people to claim the woman was a time traveler! But a simple explanation was provided by art historians: it’s not an iPhone, but actually a small pocket prayer book.

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