Prior Art for the iPhone?

Did the iPhone infringe on a 400+ year-old design?I was in the Amsterdam Historical Museum the other day in Amsterdam.

Did the iPhone infringe on a 400+ year-old design?

I was in the Amsterdam Historical Museum the other day in Amsterdam. In one tall, remote room, I looked up and spied this painting (see attached photo - courtesy of TechVentive, Inc.). It looked remarkably like that of an iPhone display. What do you think?

Look Familiar?

Look Familiar?

Seriously, I couldn't help but remember that old patent maxim that there are no new ideas. Everything we create today is 'built on the shoulders of giants'. Maybe the iPhone UI owes something to the Great Dutch Masters....

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