Obsession of the very best kind. Tim Jenison went to incredible lengths to recreate the exact room where Vermeer painted The Music Lesson, leaded glass windows, northern light and all. And then he spent how many hours actually painting the thing?! While looking through a special lens he created, in his belief that that was how Vermeer actually painted his works, ultra-realistic in a time before photography.
The result? Incredible, particularly when you learn that Jenison didn’t know how to paint at all. He’s an inventor. Some might dismiss his painting as nothing more than an elaborately conceived forgery, with no value beyond a kind of proof of concept of his optical device. If that is the only thing it is, the effort was worthwhile.
Vermeer lived and painted in 17th century Netherlands, but Tim approximates more closely a Renaissance man. He can now add Art to his list of accomplishments.
Check out the trailer for Tim’s Vermeer here.