b'"Vermeer"s Studio - Delft, 1650(12" X 24" X 11.5")I have been captivated by Vermeers paintings. His ability to capture sunlight, his use of soft colorsand his masterly treatment of of perspective all combine to draw the viewer into his paintings. As Ilook at several of his paintings, it become clear to me that most of the scenes were staged andpainted by him in the same studio. This box is my vision of what his Delft studio may have looked like in 1650. Not much is knownabout Vermeer and only 34 works attributed to him are known to exist today. It is also theorized bya number of scholars that he used a mechanical optical device known as a camera obscure, adevice similar to a pin hole camera with a projector lens, to assist him in creating the correctperspective of the scene.David Hockney, the contemporary artist, wrotein his book, SecretKnowledge, about the use of these optical aids by artists who painted after 1420. Philip Steadmanin his book, Vermeers Camera, compiled detailed mathematical theories about Vermeers use ofthese devices in his studio. I used both books extensively in my research. It is also interesting tonote thatAntonie van Leeuwenhoek, the man who is creditedwith the development of the rstmicroscope,would have developed similar lens technology that would have also been used in acamera obscure. He also lived in Delft at the same time Vermeer did. They were both accomplishedindividuals and lived very near each other. I think one could reasonably assume that they kneweach other.Nobody really knows what Vermeers studio may have really looked like or even if he used opticalaids in his paintings. However I used bits and pieces of what is known today to create my vision ofwhat his studio may have looked like. Most importantly, I wanted to try to capture the mood of theplace by using the elements of the sun light streaming through the windows; the small leadedwindow panes, the beamed ceiling and wood moldings, the complex pattern of the tile oor, thetexture and detail of the oriental rug and the humanity and warmth of a sleeping a dog.'