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Re-imagining 2

Re-Imagining 2:
Johannes Vermeer, The Art Of Painting

2011
Inkjet on watercolour paper
85 x 74 cm

There is a gentle poetry -- despite its clarity and precision -- in Johannes Vermeers’ The Art of Painting (1665-1668). The dramatically patterned drape which slices across the left third of the composition leads the eye towards the delicately lit focus of the scene, the model, and with the severe geometry of the black and white tiles contrasting nicely with more sinuous forms of the drapery and black grab of the artist. These are some of the elements of his composition that make sophisticated use of form, tonality and lighting to describe a scene of concrete stillness.
With this re-imagining I took the liberty of modernising details such as the 17th century map of the Netherlands and replaced it with a satellite image of the Dutch delta; the furniture and chandelier likewise reflect 20th century tastes, as does the clothing of the artist.
Whilst developing the 3D models -- a product of modern computer science -- it occurred to me that Vermeer is thought to have used a camera obscura, a 17th century forerunner of photography which was then on the leading edge of the science of optics. There is a nice symmetry to the thought.

Johannes Vermeer, The Art of Painting: Kunsthistorisches Museum
The Art of Painting: Wikipedia"