Art gallery visitors spot ‘Nike shoes’ in 400-year-old painting

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  • May 21, 2023
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When visiting an art gallery full of paintings which were created hundreds of years ago, the only place you’d expect to see a Nike ‘swoosh’ is on the shoes of fellow visitors.

But visitors to the National Gallery in London were left baffled by what appeared to be the iconic logo in a 400-year-old painting.

‘Portrait of Frederick Sluysken’, was painted by Dutch master Ferdinand Bol in the 17th century, and it appears little Frederick is wearing some very modern shoes, LadBible reports.

It would be impossible for him to be wearing Nike shoes, considering the footwear brand was founded in 1964 – unless the painting is proof of time travel, of course.

Fiona Foskett, 57, visited the gallery with her 23-year-old daughter Holly when they spotted the footwear.

‘I said to my daughter “hold on, is he wearing a pair of Nike trainers?”,’ she said.

‘Looking at the age, he must have got his hands on the first pair of Nike trainers ever made. Or is he actually a time traveller?’

Sadly the painting is no longer on show at the National Gallery, but a spokesman for the gallery said previously: ‘We are delighted that this picture has been such a hit with our visitors.

‘It resonated with followers when we put out a tweet asking people to see if they could spot a more “modern” detail by taking a closer look at the shoes of the eight-year-old boy in the portrait.’

‘Portrait of Frederick Sluysken’, which depicts the son of a wine merchant, has been dubbed ‘one of Bol’s finest portraits’ by the gallery.

The gallery’s description of the artwork says: ‘The boy is elegantly attired in a grey suit and matching cloak, trimmed with shiny gold buttons and ribbon bows; his wide-brimmed hat is hooked over the back of a chair behind him.’

However I think we can all agree that, Nikes or not, little Frederick is one stylish chap.

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