Probably, few of us have heard of Umberto Romano’s painting “Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield”.
This painting was painted in 1937 by the Italian painter Umberto Romano and depicts two Native American tribes and British settlers meeting for the first time around the year 1630. The painting focuses on a man in pink i.e. Mr. William Pynchon trading things.
However, if we take a closer look and analyze other aspects of the painting, we will discover an incredible future prediction. The painting presents a Native American sitting in the low right corner area and holding a small object.
What is unusual about this object is that it looks like a smart phone. The man is staring at this object which many would agree looks like iPhone. Taking into consideration that the painting was painted in 1937 and the portable phones appeared in 1973 this seems rather unbelievable.
What do you think? Is this really a person of our time? Is he really holding an iPhone? Is Romano introducing technology modern society in his painting?
There has been a storm of comments on the Internet regarding this 80-year-old painting. Most of them were rather funny especially when it comes to determining what is this man actually doing.
Holding the rectangular smart phone-shaped object inspired many possible versions – taking a selfie or maybe thumbing through his news, reading a bad tweet or recoiling from unwanted notification.
However, historians suggest more serious options. They believe that the man is holding a blade or a mirror which is far more likely than a time-travelling iPhone.