Spooky 150-year-old ‘time traveller’ painting shows woman using iPhone

A painting dating back 150 years shows what looks like a ‘time traveller’ playing with an iPhone.

The pictures, titled ‘The Expected One’, shows a young woman strolling through the countryside with her eyes glued to a square object in her hand.

Painted by Ferdinand George Waldmüller in 1860, decades before electricity was first introduced to British households.

Art critics have insisted whatever the woman is holding is nothing to do with technology.

But eagle-eyed art fans are convinced it looks like she is staring at a smartphone – more than a hundred years before they were invented.

In the picture, the woman is shown walking with her gaze frozen downward while a boy holds out a pink flower, ready to woo her.

Experts say that the reason why the girl is looking down is not because she is using an iPhone but because she is reading a prayer book, reports the Daily Star.

The painting is displayed at the Neue Pinakothek museum in Munich, Germany, home to hundreds of paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Retired local Glasgow Government officer Peter Russell was the first person to notice the potential hidden detail while visiting the gallery with his partner.

“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,” he told VICE.

“The big change is that in 1850 or 1860, every single viewer would have identified the item that the girl is absorbed in as a hymnal or prayer book.

“Today, no one could fail to see the resemblance to the scene of a teenage girl absorbed in social media on their smartphone.”

Gerald Weinpolter, CEO of austrian-paintings.at art agency explained that the girl is not playing with the latest iPhone but holding a prayer book on her way to church.

It is not the first time a supposed iPhone has been spotted in an old painting predating the technology.

Six years ago, Apple boss Tim Cook claimed he spotted an iPhone in a 17th century painting in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I’m not so sure anymore,” he told a conference.

The Apple chief shared an anecdote from his trip to the Dutch capital when he came across the painting at the Rijksmuseum and thought he saw the subject holding an iPhone.

“You know, I thought I knew until last night… In one of the paintings I was so shocked. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings,” he joked.