Description: 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, Jenisons 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.
Running time: 80 minutes
Music composed by: Conrad Pope
Producers: Farley Ziegler, Penn Jillette
Dr. Eric Weichel is a recent PhD graduate from the Art History Department in Queens University, and currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia University in Montreal. Over the past four years, he has taught several popular classes for the Learning in Retirement program at Carleton, and has also taught undergraduate courses in art history at Queens, the Queens-Blyth program in Italy, and at the University of Guelph. He has received research awards from Oxford, Yale and UCLA, presented at a wide range of international and national conferences, and published in a number of edited volumes and refereed journals. Eric has also curated an exhibition on eighteenth-century French prints for the Carleton University Art Gallery, and was a research assistant at the prestigious Rembrandt Specialist conference at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex.