People think this 350-yr-old painting features a 'time travelling man' using a phone; Tim Cook noticed it too

People think this 350-yr-old painting features a 'time travelling man' using a phone; Tim Cook noticed it too

This iconic painting is 350 years old but netizens reckon it has something in it from the contemporary tech scene.

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

Art enthusiasts around the world know well that the artwork shows a geezer 'handing a letter' to a woman sitting in front of him. Many many believe the creation contains an easter egg that proves 'time travel' is real.

The theories started floating online after Apple boss Tim Cook claimed he had noticed a phone-like device in a painting during a museum visit in Amsterdam six years ago. He was obviously referring to the painting by Pieter de Hooch in which a man was seen clutching a rectangular object while standing a few feet away from a woman. The artwork also features a dog in the room and a child walking the outdoor corridor.

People think this 350-yr-old painting features a 'time travelling man' using a phone; Tim Cook noticed it too
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Ever since the Apple CEO spoke about the painting, many wrote on social media the geezer is a 'time travelling man' with an iPhone.

The discussion about the painting began when Tim Cook hosted a press conference with former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

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

"Last night Neelie took me over to look at some Rembrandt and in one of the paintings I was so shocked. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings," said Cook.

“It’s tough 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 anymore,” he added.

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

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

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

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