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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.
However, there are two weaknesses here. First the minor gripe, the historians clearly love Vermeer and when they are not talking about the technical aspects of his painting they do gush a bit. A more serious weakness is the amount of material covered and the length of the video. The video only shows about a dozen of his paintings and more than 10 percent of the video is environment/nature shots and credits. So, what is covered is as good at it gets but I feel a bit shortchanged....
I absolutely love Vermeer and P D Hooch but would recommend Girl With A Pearl Earring for the cinematography (not the acting) as you get a truer feeling for the emotion of what the artist was working with for light and setting. Would not spend that amount had I known.
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This 1-star review is for the price - NOT for the movie. $128.99 for a DVD? How is this possible for a movie featuring Meryl Streep (! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Warren C.
fascinating and great documentary on Vermeer. Highly recommend this video, narrated by Meryl Streep.Published 13 months ago by Emily Baker
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 on June 8, 2014 by laprofe1
An unlocked door. Beautiful message and wonderfully narrated. This is gigantic. Could start a modern day revolution in art reproduction.Published on March 21, 2014 by Dale L. Burns
Excellent seller. Product received promptly and in good condition The narrative is clear, concise, and informative. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by V. Hatoff
Inlove the paintings of Vermeer and the documentary fulfilled my expectations. as for the delivery, was perfct. Couln t wait for morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Augusto I Pinheiro
What a treat. I was delighted with the purchase. I love things like this. They enrich our lives. Thank you.Published on February 16, 2014 by Theresa A. Pachtner
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 morePublished on January 8, 2014 by bgmaw
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 on October 29, 2013 by Virginia M. Ober