A 350-year-old painting bizarrely thought by some to depict an ancient iPhone has been touted by conspiracy theorists as “evidence” of time travel.
The online rumors began after Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed he noticed a device in an artwork while visiting a museum in Amsterdam in 2016.
Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch’s artwork shows a man clutching a rectangular object while a woman, a child, and a dog look on.
A day later, Cook hosted a press conference with former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, where the couple discussed the famous painting.
“Do you happen to know Tim, where and when the iPhone was invented?” Kroes asked Cook on stage.
“You know, until last night I thought I knew,” replied Koch.
“Last night Neelie took me to see Rembrandt and I was so shocked by one of the paintings. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings.”
Kroes showed the audience a picture of the artwork’s painting, which initially appeared blurry.
“It’s hard to see, but I swear it’s there,” Cook said.
He added that the letter the woman was holding resembled the Apple device – which was first released in 2007.
“I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I’m not so sure.”
Comments resurfaced this month after art fans were stunned by a woman “holding an iPhone” in a 150-year-old painting.
The pretty painting shows a young woman walking through the idyllic landscape holding what looks suspiciously like a smartphone.
Her gaze lingers on the object in her hands while a boy in love waits to give her a pink flower.
But art critics were quick to dismiss the suggestion, pointing out that the woman was reading a prayer book – rather than surfing social media.
The man who first sparked the conspiracy, Peter Russell, told VICE the discussion shows how much society has changed over the years.
He explained: “What impresses me the most is how much a technological change has changed the interpretation of the painting and in some ways exploited its entire context.
“The big change is that in 1850 or 1860 any single viewer would have identified the object the girl is engrossed in as a hymn book or a prayer book.
“Today, no one can fail to see the resemblance to the scene of a teenage girl engrossed in social media on her smartphone.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6391179/proof-iphone-spotted-old-painting-museum/ Another “proof” that time travel is REAL is the “iPhone” on a 350-year-old painting