LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: VERMEER’S CAMERA AND TIM’S VERMEER
Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, London
March 5, 2015, 13:15-13:55
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In 2001 Philip Steadman published Vermeer’s Camera, a book that offered new evidence that the great Dutch painter relied on optical methods. An American video engineer Tim Jenison read the book and, believing he could take the argument further, proposed a simple arrangement of lens and mirrors that Vermeer might have employed. Jenison used this setup to paint a version of Vermeer’s Music Lesson in the Queen’s collection. The process was filmed for the Oscar-shortlisted documentary Tim’s Vermeer, released in 2014. Jenison’s method throws more light, literally, on how Vermeer could have achieved his distinctively “photographic” tonal effects.
The lecture will be streamed live online and recorded for YouTube or downloaded.