Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

'Tim's Vermeer' captivates with its recreation of a Vermeer + Video

'Tim's Vermeer' captivates with its recreation of a Vermeer www.sonyclassics.com/timsvermeer/
Written by Diane Carson
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

Eleven years ago, Teller, of the celebrated team of Penn and Teller, read David Hockney's book "Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters." He became curious about 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. As Teller describes it, Vermeer's "inhumanly good" work "pops out at you from across the room," so extraordinary is the light and color depicted.

It is, as Teller told Charlie Rose in an interview, impossible verisimilitude because it's not the way our human eye sees, so nuanced and subtle are the gradations of light and color. Discussing all this at a dinner with computer graphics designer/inventor Tim Jenison, the die was cast for a five-year project. Tim decided he had to pursue the idea that Vermeer used a camera obscura or some optical tool that allowed him to mirror photography in his paintings.

They selected Vermeer's "The Music Lesson," and Tim built an exact replica of the room Vermeer painted. Mind you, Tim had never attempted an oil painting in his life, but that did not deter him. Using his own mirror contraption that he explains in the film, Tim took brush in hand and began the painstaking, delicate process of trying to reproduce Vermeer's work. We sample his herculean, 130-day effort in the documentary "Tim's Vermeer."

Tim Jenison was not the first person who theorized that Vermeer may have used an apparatus like a camera obscura, familiar to artists of the 17th century. Professor Philip Steadman's 2001 book Vermeer's Camera explores this idea, but Jenison takes it much further--to test it in excruciating detail. Steadman, Hockney, painter/actor Martin Mull, and Penn Jillette appear on camera to discuss the idea. Teller stays behind the scenes as director, and does a fine job of moving the story along with suspense at numerous turns.

Originally called "Vermeer's Edge," as the production of the film and the reproduction of the painting progressed, Tim's obsession took over as the focus, and he presents a fine, inquisitive mind. Anyone who loves any kind of art will find this investigation and the recreation of a Vermeer totally captivating. At a Landmark Theatre.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…

Jah Orah and KD Assassin

Wed November 19

KDHX Recommends

December
Friday
05

Roscoe Mitchell and Craig Taborn

An internationally known musician, composer and innovator, Roscoe Mitchell began his distinguished career in the spirited 1960s of Chicago. NYC pianist and ECM recording artist, Craig Taborn, has remained a ubiquitous presence on the...


December
Thursday
11

KDHX Discovery Series: History of Psychedelia

The KDHX Discovery Series presents the "History of Psychedelia," with DJ valis. KDHX DJ, valis will take you on a multimedia journey through the annals of psychedelic musical history. The evening will feature a...


December
Sunday
14

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Celia's Yuletide Express Secular Holid...

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Celia's Yuletide Express Secular Holid... 88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Celia's Yuletide Express Secular Holiday Sing-along Sunday, December 14 at Noon. Tickets available online.  Toys, clothes, food and other gifts will be collected at the door for...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

2 users and 8073 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook