If this is “dumbing down”

Then more please!

Photo of Andrew Graham Dixon with magnifying glass, behind him a detail from Vermeer's painting 'Girl with a pearl earring'

There was a wonderful programme on the BBC last night, The Madness of Vermeer.

The presenter (Andrew Graham Dixon) really loves Vermeer’s paintings and it showed in his presentation of the man (and his family) behind the paintings. I’ve just been googling for more information on Vermeer’s grandparents and the curator of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (who rejoices in the wonderful name of Toco Dibbits) when I came across Jonathan Janson who paints pictures like this and this:

Painting by Jonathan Janson in the style of Vermeer but girl holds a cell phone

Now all we need is a similar programme about Pieter de Hooch.

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