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American illusionists and entertainers Penn and Teller bring us this fascinating and thoughtful story on how, perhaps, 17th Century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, was able to produce paintings with a nearly photographic quality. The mystery surrounding Vermeer’s lucid oil paintings has spawned theories for over 350 years, including a 2001 book from British artist David Hockney entitled “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters”. Hockney believed that Vermeer’s uniquely rich Renaissance period art was the result of optics, or a “camera obscura”. His premise was that Vermeer must have developed a technique using a lens to compliment his artistic talent--even before the camera had been invented.