An afternoon with a painting, an non-painter and Penn & Teller

We escaped. My buddy K.D. and I took a few hours off life on a Thursday afternoon and went to see ‘Tim’s Vermeer’. Our escape took us first to Montgomery Cinema, a small old fashioned movie theater in a strip-mall about 20 miles away from our town. The movie took us 350 years back in time and away to Texas, Holland and England. The movie, directed by Teller and featuring Penn Gillette, tells the story of “Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all 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? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

Spanning eight years, 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 even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.”  (from the Tim’s Vermeer website)

The movie is fun to watch, interesting and has a few funny moments.   Dinner at Sahara after the movie made it an almost perfect escape.

PrintOne more thing – at the very beginning, when we first meet Tim Jenison the inventor, we see Mr. Jenison with some his inventions, among them an electric moth. Shown for just a few seconds it attracted my attention.  I am hoping to find more information about the invented moth.

 

 

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