Meet Vermeer, the Engineer

24:53 minutes

Painters and historians have long debated whether Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer used technological aids to create masterpieces like Girl with a Pearl Earring. But inventor Tim Jenison was the first to put those theories to the test by painting his own Vermeer. Tim’s Vermeer, directed by the magician Teller, shows how Tim did it.

Segment Guests

Tim Jenison

Tim Jenison is an inventor based in San Antonio, Texas.


Teller is a magician and director of Tim’s Vermeer (Sony Pictures Classics, 2013) based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is Science Friday’s SciArts producer. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.