Vermeer and the Camera Obscura

By Art Speaks Volumes | Vermeer was a Dutch painting master from the 17th century whose paintings possess a magical sense of light and detail. Despite his un-refuted genius, art historians, scientists, designers, aestheticians, and art enthusiasts are convinced that he used the aid of a Camera Obscura. The following articles explore this topic.

Tim's Vermeer

Jan Vermeer and the Camera Obscura

Prof Philip Steadman (UCL) on film 'Tim's Vermeer'

Jan Vermeer and the Camera Obscura

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

Art History

Can You Paint Like Johannes Vermeer, Too?

A brilliant documentary, directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame, chronicles a 5-year quest to solve a 350-year-old mystery.<p>What if you could paint like Johannes Vermeer? What if everyone could? How would that transform our beliefs about artistic genius?<p>Those are the questions at the heart of the …

Artists

Vermeer and the Camera Obscura

(part one)<p>Discovery<p><i>Officer and Laughing Girl</i><br>Johannes Vermeer<br>c. 1655–1660<br>Oil on canvas, 50.5 x 46 cm. <br>Frick Collection, New York<p>Certain aspects of …

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Camera Obscura

Vermeer and the Camera Obscura<p>Evidence<p>The extraordinary impact of the young girl's face owes as much to her particular physiognomy and facial …

Art

Mystery of Vermeer's masterpieces solved: Dutch master DID use mirrors and projections to create ultra-realistic paintings

• <b>Johannes Vermeer was renowned for his realistic 17th century paintings</b>• <b><br>In 2006 artist David Hockney accused him of using a camera obscura</b>• <b><br>This would</b> …

10 Reasons to doubt Tim’s Vermeer

Two days ago I sat down with my family to watch <i>Tim’s Vermeer</i>. This is a wonderful documentary directed by Penn and Teller about technology …

Did Vermeer Cheat? Penn & Teller Documentary Fuels Debate - Previews - Art in America

Illusionist duo Penn & Teller's documentary <i>Tim's Vermeer</i>, now in limited theatrical release, controversially suggests that 17th-century Dutch painter …

Reverse-Engineering a Genius (Has a Vermeer Mystery Been Solved?)

David Hockney and others have speculated—controversially—that a camera obscura could have helped the Dutch painter Vermeer achieve his photo-realistic effects in the 1600s. But no one understood exactly how such a device might actually have been used to paint masterpieces. An inventor in Texas—the …

Art History

DIY Vermeer documentary utterly misses the point about old masters

Tim Jenison tried for a whole year to recreate a Vermeer painting – and all he got was a pedantic imitation<p>Tim's Vermeer is a film about a man who totally fails to paint a Vermeer.<p>That's right – fails. This is not how the acclaimed cinema documentary by American TV magicians Penn and Teller bills …

Art

Vermeer

Painting and Illusionism<p>Camera obscura, engraving, from Athanasius Kircher, <i>Ars magna lucis et vmbrae in decem libros</i> (Rome, 1646), National Gallery …