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Tim Cook Saw an iPhone in a 17th Century Painting—Here's What He Missed

Illustration for article titled Tim Cook Saw an iPhone in a 17th Century Painting—Heres What He Missed

Tim Cook is many things: executive businessman, native Alabaman, multi-millionaire. Unfortunately, we can’t all be everything, and Tim recently revealed two things that he is most definitely not: an art historian and someone who makes good jokes.

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You see, it all started on Tuesday, when he was talking with former Dutch politician Neelie Kroes at Amsterdam’s Start-Up Fest. Kroes asked Cook—who is, of course, the current CEO of Apple—if he knew where and when the iPhone was invented.

“You know, I thought I knew until last night,” Cook answered, according to CNBC. “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.”

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He was referring to “Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall of a House,” a painting that dates back to 1670, a date, which, silly Tim!, predates the iPhone by roughly 337 years.

Image: Wikimedia Commons
Image: Wikimedia Commons

In the painting by Pieter de Hooch (not Rembrandt, as Cook guessed), a man appears to be off to the right side, holding what is ostensibly a letter but what can be sort of maybe imagined to be an iPhone, if you squint at it after a few beers.

Here’s a closeup:

Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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But Tim! Oh, Tim. There’s so much more to this painting than the iPhone.

Like the girl with the selfie stick in the background:

Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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And a Stormtrooper in the window:

Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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And the bluetooth headset:

Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Image: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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But we can’t blame you for neglecting to notice those details, because you were clearly too distracted by this.

Illustration for article titled Tim Cook Saw an iPhone in a 17th Century Painting—Heres What He Missed
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They’re watching you, Tim. Always.

Sophie is a former news editor at Gizmodo.

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