Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl earring
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How Vermeer painted perfect pictures

Tom Brooks meets the documentary maker who looks at how the Dutch painter Vermeer created his most famous paintings.

A new documentary explores the possibility that the 17th century Dutch painter Vermeer used a camera obscura - an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings onto a screen - to create one of his masterpieces.

If this was the case then it would challenge the view that the artist had an incredible innate ability to paint with such accurate and precise detail.

Talking Movies' Tom Brook reports.