Here’s what history would have looked like if all the women had laptops

A Pompeian Beauty, Blogging, after Raffaele Giannetti. (Mike Licht)
A Pompeian Beauty, Blogging, after Raffaele Giannetti. (Mike Licht)

My Switch colleague Timothy B. Lee made an important discovery while searching around Flickr earlier today: Some dude had inserted laptops and other gadgetry into paintings of women. That dude was Mike Licht, who runs a local D.C. blog called Notions Capital and helpfully submitted the visual mash-ups to Flickr with a Creative Commons license. So without further ado, here are some historical paintings of ladies with laptops.

Blogger in a Corset, after Toulouse-Lautrec. (Mike Licht)
Blogger in a Corset, after Toulouse-Lautrec. (Mike Licht)

 

Blogging Au Plein Air, after Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. (Mike Licht)
Blogging Au Plein Air, after Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. (Mike Licht)
Romeo, Romeo, WTF Romeo?, after William Powell Frith. (Mike Licht)
Romeo, Romeo, WTF Romeo? After William Powell Frith. (Mike Licht)

 

Seated Woman with Blog, after Picasso. (Mike Licht)
Seated Woman with Blog, after Picasso. (Mike Licht)

Of course, some prefer iPads...

Countess Bucquoi and Her iPad, after Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-LeBrun. (Mike Licht)
Countess Bucquoi and Her iPad, after Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-LeBrun. (Mike Licht)

Or Kindles...

The Kindle Reader (A Young Girl Seated), after Renoir. (Mike Licht)
The Kindle Reader (A Young Girl Seated), after Renoir. (Mike Licht)

And one has discovered sexting.

Siren Sexting Sailors, after Edward Armitage. (Mike Licht)
Siren Sexting Sailors, after Edward Armitage. (Mike Licht)

 

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.

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