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In 'Tim's Vermeer,' an inventor re-creates a priceless artwork using paint — and technology

Tim Jenison assembles one of his experimental optical devices.

Slow moments aside, Tim's Vermeer is otherwise briskly propelled by the insatiable curiosity of the man at its center. Jenison's finished work offers more proof than any theory ever could about how 17th century artists were able to "paint with light" so realistically, but it avoids concluding that Vermeer was more machine than artist. Instead, it offers a clear challenge to anyone who subscribes to the modern notion that "art and technology should never meet." Why shouldn't they, when the end results are so sublime? *


TIM'S VERMEER opens Fri/14 in San Francisco.


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