Tim’s Vermeer, Reconsidered

David G. Stork

A recent documentary feature film, Tim’s Vermeer, proposes that Johannes Vermeer secretly used a catadioptric telescope and novel mirror–comparator procedure to create his sublime paintings of domestic interiors. How well does that bold hypothesis stand up to analysis?

figureTim Jenison attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ Tim’s Vermeer. [Angela Weiss/Getty Images]

This feature summarizes arguments developed in greater detail in a recent peer-reviewed study (D. Stork et al., J. Img. Sci. Technol. 64, 060403-1 [2020]).

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