2013. USA. Teller. 80 min.
Friday, December 6, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2013. USA. Directed by Teller. The works of 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer are nearly photographic in detail. Critics have long speculated that Vermeer may have used a camera obscura to initially trace out the components of a painting, allowing him to introduce hand-wrought minute detail and flourish onto his canvases. American inventor Tim Jenison set out to prove that, with a simple tool combining the principles of the camera obscura and a mirror, anyone can paint as meticulously as Vermeer. Untrained as a painter, Jenison spent months preparing the studio to look like the setting of Vermeer’s The Music Lesson (1662–65). Once the set was completed, he sat down and painted for more than 100 days. Given the involvement of Penn and Teller in this quirky film, you are no doubt wondering, "Is this a trick?" Tim’s Vermeer may tell us more than we wanted to know about Vermeer’s supposed artistic practice, but it is left up to the audience to decide if the painter was indeed a rogue genius or just a skilled imitator. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. 80 min.