Remember the Hockney exhibit?? When I wrote that the art establishment thought Hockney was nuts for suggesting that some of the great Renaissance painters used mirrors & devices to paint in the new realism style...
Tim Jenison decided to devote 5 years to proving this is true, at least for Vermeer's art. Tim is a computer graphics expert, who noticed several key things about Vermeer's art that led him on an amazing journey of trials and discovery. In the end, Tim is able to paint an exact replica of "The Music Lesson." It's tech & art all tied up together in a gorgeous bow -- my favorite kind.
|"The Music Lesson" by Johannes Vermeer|
That "seeing" skill, btw, also helped Tim build a wildly successful business. So it's not just for art.
The evidence is overwhelmingly in Tim's favor: Vermeer was one very clever dude, who used mirrors and mechanical devices he invented, to create stunning artwork.
Does this diminish the beauty, artistry, or renown of Vermeer or his work?
HECK NO! If anything, this elevates Vermeer to perhaps one of the greatest inventor/artists, on par with the likes of Leonardo da Vinci. Vermeer was a true Renaissance man combining several disciplines to accomplish breathtaking beauty.
You'll have a ball watching the movie, check out the trailer:
Trailer of the movie, Tim's Vermeer: