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Vermeer’s brushwork

Two strands of white thread stretch from a pair of bobbins held in the left hand.
Red strands spill from a blue cushion in the foreground. For some time now,
Daiki has been comparing the two different-colored threads.
The white threads were drawn with delicacy and precision, but the red threads
looked deliberately blurry and out of focus.
Daiki feels a sense of revelation, seeing for the first time the contrasting
techniques that the artist used to depict the white and red threads.

At his art school in Tokyo,
Daiki studies Western art history.
He dreams of becoming a curator at
a major international art museum,
planning exhibitions that mesmerize
art aficionados around the world.

The painting Daiki has been admiring is The Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer.
He was analyzing an ultra-high-definition image of the painting on a 70-inch 8K monitor.
The original of The Lacemaker—the smallest of Vermeer’s paintings—is no larger than an A4 sheet of paper.
It is housed at the Louvre in Paris.
Daiki would obviously love to go to Paris and see the original painting with his own eyes,
but few students can afford that kind of expense.
And even if he could see it in real life, the painting is so small that its details and brushwork would be hard to see and analyze.
By contrast, the image on the 8K monitor clearly reveals how Vermeer achieved his renowned sense of perspective and shading.
Seeing this world-famous artwork on an 8K monitor brings it to life right before your eyes.

The way the two different-colored threads are painted exemplifies
a technique that Vermeer used to create a sense of perspective.
The white threads appear in focus, while the red threads look out of focus,
with round dots simulating a bokeh camera effect.
It’s this latter effect that has led experts to assume
that Vermeer composed this work using a camera obscura.

Noting how Vermeer’s techniques were revealed so vividly on screen,
Daiki is struck by the immense potential of 8K technology.

For his next project, Daiki thinks he’ll look at the Mona Lisa
and study the mysteries of the sfumato technique behind that famous smile.
The 8K monitor might even lead to new discoveries.

In the future, Daiki could plan and produce a new type of art exhibition using these monitors.
Advancements in technology can enhance our appreciation of art and attract more people to it.
8K is turning ideas like this into reality.
With 8K, your future is beyond your imagination.

This is how Sharp is changing the world.
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