For four centuries, art historians have argued about how painter Johannes Vermeer was able to create photo-realism on canvas. Many believed he was a genius of unrivaled talent. Others suggested camera obscura but couldn’t prove how it would have worked. That is until Tim Jenison, an inventor with no painting experience, tried a system of mirrors and learned he could replicate almost anything. To prove that Vermeer could too, Jenison spent 10 years recreating the scene of Vermeer’s The Music Lesson, down to the 17th-century paint. Vermeer is a genius, but Jenison may be one too.
Source: Vanity Fair