Bunny and I watched “Tim's Vermeer.”
In the documentary, Tim Jenison, wanted to paint a Vermeer, and he
decided upon The
Music Lesson. Now Tim is an engineer, an inventor and computer
programmer. He is not an artist, and most certainly not a
And he didn't just copy from the The Music Lesson painting. No, he
recreated the entire room as it appears in the painting. He then mixed his
own paints by hand—and by hand I mean “ground up the constiuent compounds
and oils that made up paints in the 17th century.”
He then went on to grind his own lenses and mirrors, all to test
a theory that Vermeer might have used some mechanical means of
painting near-photorealistic paintings in the 17th
results were spectacular! Tim, a non-artist, making a painting that
rivals Vermeer himself.
It's worth watching to see the techique in action (the painting itself
took about three to four months to do) and for the subtle visual clues that
were found to exist in actual Vermeer paintings that show Vermeer might have
used such a method.
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