Apple CEO Tim Cook Finds ‘iPhone’ in 346-Year-Old Painting

May 25, 2016 Updated: May 25, 2016

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.

(Public Domain)
(Public Domain)

“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.

Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant (J. Paul Getty Museum)
Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant (J. Paul Getty Museum)

The sculpture, made in around 100 BC, can be seen at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.