A GALLERY portrait from the 17th century has given visitors a tickle – by appearing to show proof of time travel.
Eagle-eyed visitors at the National Gallery clocked an iconic brand’s logo in the almost 400-year-old painting.
The portrait, by Dutch Master Ferdinand Bol, depicts a solemn-looking eight-year-old boy holding a goblet.
But upon closer inspection, an apparent Nike tick can be spotted on the youngster’s boots.
The painting, thought to be drawn in the 1650s, predates US brand Nike by about three centuries.
Mum Fiona Foskett, 57, spotted the continuity error whilst visiting the London museum with daughter Holly, 23.
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The mum-of-one, from the Isle of Wight, told The Sun: “I was looking at the painting and the trainers really stuck out to me.
“I said to my daughter, ‘Hold on, is he wearing a pair of Nike trainers?’
“It had us in fits of laughter – he’s certainly a trendy-looking youngster.
“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?”
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The boy in the picture is believed to be Frederick Sluysken – the second cousin of artist Bol’s wife and the son of a wealthy wine merchant.
A spokesman from the National Gallery said: “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.”
It comes after one supposed time traveller, who claimed to be from the year 2049, said that they know when World War 3 will start.
Another even said that they had pictures from the year 3002 to prove that they had come back from the future.
However, some so-called visitors from days to come have been less convincing, with one claiming in October last year that humanity was just days away from its first contact with aliens.
However, unless you are convinced by alleged UFO sightings, we on Earth are still waiting for any such contact to be made.