The girl is actually engrossed in a hymnbook, it’s just our weird, techy 21st century minds which are screwing with our perceptions.
Speaking with 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.
Previously, we told how a 1930s mural appeared to show a native American gazing at a smartphone.
We also shared the painting which may (or may not) prove aliens were there when Jesus was crucified.
But while some people reckon that this "time-travelling" damsel could be the real deal, others have worked out a far more likely explanation.
The device even seems to be illuminating her face, and her distracted, hunched body language reflects the stooped ‘text neck’ bod we are all well used to seeing and tutting about in town centres nationwide. Look at what she's holding 🤔My guess is she on tinder and the guy waiting doesn't have a chance.Im not on here for fun or fwb I'm too old for that lol.And please don't send me rude pictures I don't..."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." And this isn't the first time we've been stunned to unlikely sights lurking in ancient artworks.