MArch History and Theory Guest Lecture Series: “Vermeer, Canaletto, and Making Pictures with the Camera Obscura” by Philip Steadman | Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 18:00 (GMT) in M416 (Robin Evans Room)


When: Thursday, 7th of March 2024 at 6pm

Where: M416, Marylebone Campus, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS

Prof. Philip Steadman’s methodology combines meticulous scholarly research with geometrical analysis, and physical experiments. Bringing together history, theory and empirical evidence he is able to provide new insights into the way artists, such as Johannes Vermeer, employed the camera obscura to produce accurate and seemingly luminous painted images. Steadman’s book, ‘Vermeer’s Camera’ has been featured in numerous television programmes, as well as in the full-length film ‘Tim’s Vermeer’, released in 2013. This lecture will also include his recent research on the painting techniques of the eighteenth-century Venetian artist, Giovanni Antonio Canal (known as Canaletto).