Tim's Vermeer

Tim's Vermeer
Tim's Vermeer
  • PG-13
  • 1h 20m
  • 2013
Certified Fresh89%
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Tim's Vermeer, directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame. Produced by Teller's stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ('Girl with a Pearl Earring') manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? Jenison's epic research project ultimately succeeds as he uses 17th century technology -- lenses and mirrors -- to develop a technique that might have been used by Vermeer, supporting a theory as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney; and eventually even to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen's Vermeer.
© 2013 High Delft Pictures, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining and profound in equal measure, Tim's Vermeer uses its seemingly esoteric subject to pose fascinating questions about art and obsession.
Seattle Times
Moira MacDonald

"Tim's Vermeer" is about many things - art history, technology, painting technique, beauty - but u...

September 6, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

Unexpectedly dazzling.

June 25, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steven Rea

Tim's Vermeer is film as forensics, bringing math and science to bear to solve an art-world myster...

June 25, 2017
Arizona Republic
Bill Goodykoontz

"Tim's Vermeer" is a movie for people who like to think, who like to ponder the big questions surr...

June 25, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:December 6, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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