Do We All See the Man Holding an Smart Phone in This 1937 Painting?
Wait for it. Lower right quadrant. Seated. Holding a small, black, rectangular object at about eye level. See him?
This multi-part, New Deal-era mural the man occupies, titled "Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield," pre-dates the iPhone and Android by seven decades. Completed in 1937 by the late Italian semi-abstract painter Umberto Romano, "Settling" is loosely based on actual events that occurred around a pre-Revolutionary War encounter between members of two prominent New England tribes, the Pocumtuc and Nipmuc, and English settlers at the village of Agawam in present-day Massachusetts in the 1630s, some 200 years before the advent of electricity.
Located a few kilometers from the city of Huichapan, close to the border with Querétaro. this impressive, engineered structure bridges a deep barranca.
Also known as the San José Atlán Aqueduct, it was built in the eighteenth century of sand colored stone. Although short in length only 155 meters long and in three sections with a total of 14 arches it is one of the tallest in Mexico, the central arch being 44 meters high.