Tim’s Vermeer (2013)

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Tim’s Vermeer (2013)
  • Time: 80 min
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: Teller
  • Cast: Colin Blakemore, David Hockney, Tim Jenison

Storyline:

Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney and eventually to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.

One comment

  • If you, like me, enjoy technology and creativity. This is a must see Documentary about a man who set off to make a ‘Vermeer’. With no particular skills, but with time and money to spend, he reinvented and discovered the Artist’s way. For me the ‘revealing’ of Vermeer was far from a disappointment. Instead for me it brings Vermeer straight into the age of Enlightenment.

    Art, at it’s best for me is always a combination of smart and ingenious, it has to do with craftsmanship, with guts and persistence and a bit of Eureka. During the Age of Enlightenment in the Netherlands of the 17th Century, the two disciplines – Science and Art – just had to meet. As Jenison points out in the Documentary, this is exactly what happened here. But maybe there is even more..

    Born in 1632, Vermeer shares the same birth year with another famous man called Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza worked in The Hague, a city that is only a stone throw away from Delft, which being the city where Johannes Vermeer lived, worked and died.

    As Tim Jenison so brilliantly shows, lenses and mirrors play an important role in the work of Vermeer. Not only on his paintings, but also in the way he produced these paintings.

    Wouldn’t it be a great thought that Baruch Spinoza, who worked as a lens maker for a living, contributed as such to the paintings of Johannes Vermeer. Maybe they even talked about light, perspective and geometry during the tedious grinding of the lens. And that picture just made my day 🙂

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