'Art x space' hands new iPhones to Manet's figures and others' classical art subjects.

The people of bygone days as we may think of them — living stiffly in conservative heaps of clothing but with a worldly appreciation of nature — seem like an extinct species, far away from contemporary humans. Much more polite and well-mannered, with superior morals, they would never dare unsheathe a smartphone from their pocket at dinnertime to send a quick text.

Not so, say the artists behind ‘art x smart,’ whose recent project involved adding smartphones, tablets, and others of our attention-whoring gadgets into masterpieces from different periods of art history, begging the question of how far our so-called civilized society has really come. See for yourself below:

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