Maybe I could paint that!

Perspective is a technique whereby an artist implies distance on a 2-dimensional surface. This idea did not exist before the Renaissance.

Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) went way beyond getting the perspective right in his paintings. The man was a practically a human camera—painting the image he saw nearly perfectly on canvas as you can see in his painting, The Milkmaid (1658). How on earth did he do that?


Tim Jennison has figured out how Vermeer could have done it. I think that you will enjoy the 10-15 minutes you will spend reading this story. All I can say is that, no matter what, I’m impressed by both Vermeer and Tim Jennison.

Some artists might use the best technology available to them to help them in their art. And it’s good to be reminded that if they do use that technology (the way great artists in the past may have used the best technology of their day), it’s not cheating. That’s a happy thought in our very tech-heavy world.

Here’s a trailer for the documentary, produced by Penn and Teller, that shows Mr. Jennison’s journey. I’m definitely going to have to watch the film.



3 thoughts on “Maybe I could paint that!

  1. I haven’t watched the film yet, but the description of what this guy went through to make the “did he?” Vermeer process realistic is, well, unreal! LOL! Becky, you don’t have TIME to build the set, grind the lenses, and paint this picture. But given your art background, maybe a small picture of something contemporary would be an interesting exercise. Maybe your talented husband has time to figure out the lenses, etc.

    Didn’t you say “no more house projects?” Well, here you go – a replacement for that work….


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