Apple CEO Tim Cook joked that he spotted an iPhone in a 346-year-old Dutch painting.
Cook was at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with EU Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes when he saw the painting from 1670 by Pieter de Hooch.
It shows a man standing to the right holding a letter—not an Apple smartphone.
“At one point Tim rushes over and tells me ‘Come take a look, I found a painting with an iPhone on it!’ So he takes my arm and shows me a Rembrandt with a person seemingly holding an iPhone,” Kroes said, per The Next Web.
It wasn’t actually a Rembrandt painting, but it was done by de Hooch.
The Next Web’s Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten made the find:
After going through 2,304 Rembrandts (spread over 192 pages), I ended up doing an image search for my photo of a screenshot showing the photo…
And that’s how I found it wasn’t a Rembrandt at all.
It was a Pieter de Hooch, painted in 1670, titled ‘Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall of a House’.
Back in February, there were reports claiming that an ancient Greek sculpture—“Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant”—depicted a “laptop,” when it turned out to be a writing tablet.
The sculpture, made in around 100 BC, can be seen at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.