Timâ€™s Vermeer (2013) is a documentary film about Tim Jenisonâ€™s efforts to duplicate the painting techniques of the seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. While Art Historians traditionally accept that Vermeer used an optic device called a camera obscura; Jenison proposes the artist was further aided by the use of mirrors. He locates this proposal in Vermeerâ€™s unique style incorporating bright colors, expensive pigments and a meticulous study of the ever-changing effects of light.
For this assignment, write a one-and-a-half- to two-page (1.5-2) essay response to the film. Responses may be based in personal opinion, but should address some combination of the following questions. What makes someone an â€œartistâ€? Do you feel Tim Jenison fits this definition? Do we value art more or less if the maker uses a technological device? Do you feel that the use of optic devices is cheating? What did Tim Jenisonâ€™s experiment demonstrate? Based upon your own experience of trying to draw in line versus color, do you respect Timâ€™s experiment more or less?
Your response must be typed â€“ no hand-written work will be accepted â€“ Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-spaced.