Tim’s Vermeer

Tim’s Vermeer, directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame. Produced by Teller’s stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of 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? Jenison’s epic research project ultimately succeeds as he uses 17th century technology — lenses and mirrors — to develop a technique that might have been used by Vermeer, supporting a theory 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 even to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.


19 thoughts on “Tim’s Vermeer

  1. Im sure you could also make a paint by numbers of the The Music Lesson for alot less money and a LOT less time. It would be exactly the same as what he did. Most anyone with normal coordination can do a paint by numbers of someone else's work. That is NOT him "painting a Vermeer".. thats him copying a Vermeer with all sorts of machinery to help. This has nothing to do with what Vermeer himself did at all.

  2. I don't think this takes anything away from Vermeer. The genius and dedication required to paint this way is astounding. I am especially impressed with how Tim recreated the room. I don't know why everyone is so upset at the idea of Vermeer using this method. I think the final product is beautiful and how he achieved the look is irrelevant to me. I respect Tim so much for what he achieved and how he did it. Truly impressive.

  3. Penn Gillette is just about the biggest ass-hole in showbiz, and not just episodically, not just now and then, but every second of every day, and this stupid project wasn't much more than a nasty effort to discredit Jan Vermeer.

    Fuck these jerks and the shit they tried to pass off as a reasonable facsimile of the Music Lesson.

  4. YOU,…fellows know that Rembrandt Van Rijn and some others , (Not Franz Hals, of course.)
    used the same technique, but avoided backgrounds. (And so we get the technique,..Chiaroscuro,) (Light out of darkness.)

  5. Fascinating film and loved the observation that in the age of optic, all of a sudden all figurative painting showed "Left handed" subject,
    The only thing I must add in terms of color reproduction is that the mirrors of the period were made with Mercury and therefore the coloring the paintings were therefore be slightly warmer using the mirror technique.
    Very insightful movie, I like the fact that Tim did not undermine Vermeer art but in fact found a kinship as also being a Geek

  6. Loved this. Vermeer lived during the Age of Optics, what's to say he didn't dabble in it, or understand it fully, and devised a way to create these lovely works? We only know of 36, 37 paintings that Vermeer painted, this could explain why. I thought this was a beautiful film. Thank you Tim Jenison for sharing your obsession and P & T for footing the bill :).

  7. Seems like a hack excuse for someone who can't comprehend skill. Sure this proves it can be done, but not that it was done. It's still a second rate knock off and that's compared to a 300 yr old masterpiece. Hell there are painters right here on YT doing portraits from Photos by looking at and then hand painting an exact replica that rivals the modern photo quality…..Sorry this is just a vid about a hack excuse…imo of course.

  8. Dear Sony and Penn & Teller… You owe me $5 because this thing says it plays on Android devices, but it doesn't play on my Amazon Fire TV.

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