Tim’s Vermeer

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on Sunday, 17 August 2014 in Blog Posts

As someone who appreciates art, technology, and the combination of the two, I was thrilled to have recently watched “Tim’s Vermeer”, a film by Penn & Teller. This film had everything a creative nerd could ever dream of – beautiful paintings, lost technology of the past, and a dash of Penn Jillette’s sarcastic irreverence.

Tim’s Vermeer tells the story of NewTek founder Tim Jenison’s obsession with the work of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Throughout the movie, Jenison relates his observations about Vermeer’s almost photo-realistic paintings, and arrives at the conclusion that Vermeer likely utilized optical and/or mechanical tools to achieve stunning visual realism in his work.

The movie follows Jenison as he constructs a system that may well have been quite similar to that which he postulates Vermeer used in his work. The end result is a painting created by Jenison that is eerily similar to Vermeer’s The Music Lesson.

Of course, a movie such as Tim’s Vermeer is not for everyone. There are no explosions, no superheroes, and apparently no aliens (admittedly, though, some have made an argument for Penn and/or Teller being alien). For anyone with an interest in visual art, or optical technology, however, Tim’s Vermeer is a must see.

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    Bob Vandivort Wednesday, 20 August 2014

    Bob V here Tim

    What a wonderful journey you are on.. If you are needing a break from the search please try playing a Musical instrument Brass or Stringed. That should keep your Journey on track!

    Tim Scheirer Wednesday, 20 August 2014

    What I have learned

    Hello Tim,
    For many years I worked with Othmar Carli, artist and restoration expert. We often discussed how artists invented ways to advance their work process.
    I was a ceiling restoration painter on and off for about ten years and learned you cannot lay on your back to paint a ceiling. Othmar and I could always see the fall-off light and discussed how light and shadow actually work. We often talked about the mental process of translating 3D to 2D on a surface. Thank you for your insight into Vermeer.

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