Vermeer meets the obsessive mind of a Japanese Otaku!
Japan’s Otaku are known for being obsessive about their passions. In fact, that’s the definition of an Otaku – and they’re socially inept. Professor Shin-Ichi Fukuoka is not just one of those guys, he’s the leading Vermeer Otaku in the world with amazing scientific abilities — and that obsessive mental laser has led to some amazing discoveries in the art field.
Using his Otaku super mind, he’s uncovered some new clues into Vermeer’s life and also that of Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology. They’re things missed for centuries by thousands of experts.
This look into the mind of an Otaku is also a way to see how Vermeer has become so popular in Japan. People wait for hours to see his work and there are even drinks and soups made in honor of his work!
So why is Vermeer so big here? Professor Fukuoka will enlighten us, in the geekiest way possible.
How far has his obsession gone? The professor has also recreated all of Vermeer’s work, restoring the color to it’s original — now better than the originals — as though they were painted over 300 years ago. Yeah, his passion for Vermeer is on another level. It’s the highest level!
Credits and Thank You:
▶︎Mauritshuis in the Netherlands, The Hague https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/
▶︎ Professor Shin-Ichi Fukuoka
▶︎ Todo Press
▶︎ Flying Objects http://weareflyingobject.com
This project was made possible by Google Arts & Culture. For more info go to https://artsandculture.google.com/preview/project/vermeer
You can also watch some other films by YouTube Creators about Vermeer and a ‘behind the scenes’ video at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLu4Zo9fB5MNdievIcWv0jEXk3hdf5ts8r
▶︎ Professor Fukuoka’s book on Vermeer in English!
Vermeer: Realm of Light Paperback by Shin-Ichi Fukuoka (Author)
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