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Tim Jenison in Tim’s Vermeer

About halfway through the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, the San Antonio-based inventor Tim Jenison is granted a private viewing of Johannes Vermeer’s “The Music Lesson” at its private exhibition site, Buckingham Palace. The Queen had originally denied Jenison’s request, but after a certain amount of cajoling she relented — although cameras weren’t allowed and Jenison’s collaborators, director Teller and producer Penn, of the anarchic stage magic duo Penn & Teller, were asked to stay behind. Jenison spends one half hour with the painting — the Vermeer work he’s been diligently replicating in his Texas studio — and emerges shaken. As Teller […]

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