A 2013 documentary by illusionist and skeptic Teller, one half of Penn and Teller, explores recent theories on how 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer created some of the best-beloved masterpieces in the history of art.

Vermeer's paintings have long been admired for their near-photographic realism, despite the fact they were painted hundreds of years before the invention of photography.

In the film, Tim Jenison, a Texas-based engineer and inventor, sets out on a research project that spans eight years and ultimately changes the history of art. Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the north coast of Yorkshire, England, to meet artist David Hockney; and to Buckingham Palace in London to visit the Royal Collection.

Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald said the film is "an art-world mystery explored, a tribute to the hypnotic power of art, a long, ambitious journey seen to its successful end." 

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana will present the film “Tim's Vermeer” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Roxy Theater, located at 718 S. Higgins Ave. Admission is $5. The film is 80 minutes. Afterward, the MMAC will host a brief discussion about the film.

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