People Have Questions After Spotting Woman In 1860 Painting Holding An iPhone

Some people speculate a time traveler is in our midst, but others have a more logical explanation for the painting.

When something is posted on social media, it is often scrutinized by everyone who sees it. That is also true of this unusual picture that seems to hold a secret that no one can quite figure out.

Even though the picture is 162 years old, it appears to be of a woman holding an iPhone and walking into the woods. People are really talking about this picture. Could it possibly be time travel?

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When you look at Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller’s “The Expected One,” it does appear as if the woman is fixated on an electronic device while going for a walk. Considering the fact that the iPhone wasn’t released until some 150 years later, it just doesn’t make sense.

Fortunately, there were some people who came forward to give an explanation of what we were actually seeing. It seems as if she is not holding an electronic device but rather, she is reading a prayer book.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

According to Vice, the CEO of, an art agency, said: “The girl in this Waldmüller painting is not playing with her new iPhone X, but is off to church holding a little prayer book in her hands.”

Even though there may be some conspiracy theories on the subjects and perhaps some who believe that she is a time traveler caught in an old painting, there seems to be a much more logical answer.

According to the New York Post, the painting was first brought to social media by Peter Russell, a retired government officer from Glasgow. He had been visiting the museum and he saw the painting, so he had to learn a little more about it.

Photo: Pexels

After posting it to social media, he got more than he bargained for. He said: “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.”

Russell went on to say that at the time when it was painted, everyone would have identified the prayerbook she was holding. These days, we see a similar scene but people are fixated on their smartphones rather than on a little book.

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