When A Man Looked At This 1860s Painting, He Noticed An Intriguing Object In The Girl’s Hands

Image: Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller via The Yorck Project

When Peter Russell paid a visit to Munich’s Neue Pinakothek, he probably didn’t expect to see what he did. Indeed, in one of the paintings on display at the German museum was an object that seemed as if it shouldn’t have been there. Why? Well, this artwork was from the mid 19th century – and one mysterious item depicted in it seems considerably more recent than that.

Russell himself, meanwhile, hails from Glasgow, Scotland. At one point during his working life, he was a local government officer; now, though, he’s retired. And like many of us, Russell goes overseas from time to time. At one point in 2016, for instance, he spent some of his free time soaking up the culture in Munich.

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