People think this 350-year-old painting depicts a “time-travelling man” using a telephone; Tim Cook noticed that too


In this 350-year-old painting, a man appears to be holding a rectangular device.

This iconic painting is 350 years old, but netizens believe it contains something from the contemporary tech scene.

The piece was created by Pieter De Hooch, a Dutch Golden Age painter famous for his genre paintings of quiet domestic scenes with the door open.

Art lovers around the world know well that the artwork depicts a geek “handing” a letter to a woman sitting in front of him. Many, many believe that creation contains an Easter egg that proves “time travel” is real.
The theories surfaced online after Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed he noticed a phone-like device in a painting while visiting a museum in Amsterdam six years ago. He was apparently referring to the painting by Pieter de Hooch, which showed a man clutching a rectangular object while standing a few meters from a woman. The artwork also shows a dog in the room and a child walking in the outside corridor.
Since the Apple CEO spoke up about the painting, many on social media have written that the geezer is a “time-traveling man” with an iPhone.

Discussion of the painting began when Tim Cook held a press conference with former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

“Do you happen to know Tim, where and when the iPhone was invented?” asked Kores Cook.

“Last night Neelie took me to see Rembrandt and I was so shocked in one of the paintings. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings,” Cook said.

“It’s hard to see, but I swear it’s there. I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I’m not so sure,” he added.

A picture of the painting was shown to the live audience.

The object in hand is said to be a letter, a typical creation from the 1670s. But on closer inspection, the rectangular object appears to be anything but paper.

The artwork has now left art fans wondering about time travel, with many unearthing more Easter eggs and clues in other class creations from the 16th and 17th centuries.


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