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Vermeer: Master of Light (2009)

Meryl Streep , Joseph Krakora  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Meryl Streep
  • Directors: Joseph Krakora
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026BTRUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Vermeer: Master of Light, is a visual quest in search of what makes a Vermeer a Vermeer. It is a journey of discovery, guiding the viewer through an exploration of Vermeers paintings and examining the secrets of his technique.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating visuals November 20, 2009
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After the recent Metropolitan Museum exhibit featuring Vermeer's Milkmaid, I got interested in reading more about the artists. My librarian suggested this video and I liked it so much I decided to purchase a copy for my personal library. The analyses of composition and the graphics they've created to describe Vermeers painting techniques are really great . . . and, unlike some art historians, those interviewed here don't go off the deep end in their interpretations.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Painter, An Extraordinary Film!! December 15, 2009
This documentary is tied together nicely with perfect narrator tone, extraordinary paintings and lovely, fitting music. I knew I would be mesmerized by the images on the screen, and the story engages like no other. It was an interesting piece to learn more about Vermeer's paintings and his technique.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is art history the way it should be done! August 20, 2010
A good mix of experts with lots of superb graphics. Computer 3D wire simulations. Analysis of original lines and removal of touch-ups that were added over the centuries to "improve" the paintings. A gem of a DVD. Lets have more of these for other artists.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vemeer Master of Light DVD August 16, 2011
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I enjoyed this DVD on Vermeer very much. I have seen other Documentaries on his work, and found this one to be one of my favorites. I would recommend it to artists and non artists. It is a calm relaxing film to watch with Meryl Streep as the narrator. She speaks clearly and slow to hear and understand the narration of the works by Vermeer. Quality of the film is very good also.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What makes a Vermeer a Vermeer April 8, 2013
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I happen to love Vermeer's work...contrasts of light and everyday subjects. To get a flavor of life in his time
the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring is wonderful...done in the same tones as his work. This DVD narrated by Meryl
Streep is a great study of his works and she is joined by Art Historians who use modern techniques to explain
how he painted and how precise Vermeer was in color, composition, and most importantly, his use of LIGHT.

Little is actually known of Vermeer..he left no letters etc,,,just his magnificent works of art, numbering 35 in all.
There is so much mystery about his life, in fact, much is surmised from Dutch history and the culture of the
time, but nothing directly of his thoughts, feelings, motivations. What is known and accepted in the art world is that
he was a great Master artist and his use of light consistent and unique. I so liked the explanations of how scientific he was
in focus and use of color. His subjects were household members mostly, and are a visual comment of the times, mores,
dress, and attitudes of the Dutch in the 1600's . He died at 43, was beholden to benefactors, and had many children.
It seemed he was at home where he worked most of the time. Interesting so little is known of him.

I would love to see more of these sorts of documentaries done by art experts about the Impressionists as well and
great Masters..art history classes on dvd would be wonderful. I am lucky to live near the Smithsonian, one of America's
treasures, as well as the Corcoran Gallery of Art. If you find Vermeer's work interesting you will want to own this DVD
and learn how incredibly talented he really was. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Light March 28, 2013
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One of the best about painting light. Would highly recommend it for all serious painters, or beginners to understand about light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Studied composition December 9, 2013
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There is not much biographical information, because not much is available, but the paintings are fabulous. The paintings are analyzed as to their composition and color. Very interesting information--I have not seen this done before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful film. June 16, 2013
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It is amazing we know so little about this artist. The film captures the true workings of one of the greatest artists of any time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for lovers of Vermeer
Meryl Streep's contribution certainly enhances a wonderful DVD on one of my favorite artists who is truly a Master of Light. I viewed for personal enjoyment and showed in class.
Published 1 month ago by laprofe1
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly done
This video is a uniquely excellent study of art. The quality of the video is good and the narration is perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I Teach Typing
5.0 out of 5 stars They did everything right.
An unlocked door. Beautiful message and wonderfully narrated. This is gigantic. Could start a modern day revolution in art reproduction.
Published 3 months ago by Dale L. Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Excellent seller. Product received promptly and in good condition The narrative is clear, concise, and informative. Read more
Published 4 months ago by V. Hatoff
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful documentary. Beautiful images
Inlove the paintings of Vermeer and the documentary fulfilled my expectations. as for the delivery, was perfct. Couln t wait for more
Published 4 months ago by Augusto I Pinheiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!
What a treat. I was delighted with the purchase. I love things like this. They enrich our lives. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by Theresa A. Pachtner
5.0 out of 5 stars For every artist!
Vermeer: Master of Light is a must see for any aspiring, or professional, artist! Very well done production, beautiful paintings, excellent information concerning the importance... Read more
Published 6 months ago by bgmaw
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTER OF LIGHT
Very well done and brings attention to the artist's fine talents. Beginning is a little slow but visually lovely. Arrived in a timely manner and well packaged. Thank you.
Published 8 months ago by Virginia M. Ober
5.0 out of 5 stars very good documentary
Very nice and very professional. They stay away from uneccesary speculation about Vermeer's private life and stick to his art. Well done.
Published 9 months ago by Father Scott G. Braathen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for grownup art appreciation
We watched this before taking a trip to Amsterdam and it definitely enhanced our appreciation of the original paintings. Read more
Published 9 months ago by EmptyNesterMom
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