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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tim's Vermeer

I went to Nova in Carlton, taking advantage of Monday discount.

This is a very intriguing documentary.

Tim Jenison, a successful video software inventor, embarks on a mission to prove that Vermeer used Camera Obscura by constructing a scene from one of the painter's masterpieces, 'Music Lesson'.
The hypothesis was originally put forward by David Hockney.

With unimaginable tenacity and determination, Tim finishes painting a copy of Vermeer's painting, showing that it's possible to paint like Vermeer with a little help from a mechanical tool.

There're many negative reactions to this film, but, I don't think it's fair.
Tim was just showing us that he was able to paint a copy of Vermeer using his method.
He didn't prove Vermeer actually painted the way he did.
Even if he did, that doesn't diminish the genius of Vermeer and his monumental achievement as a painter.

I take the film as a thought-provoking and highly entertaining documentary, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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