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Masterpieces Revisited – Jan Vermeer »The Girl with a Pearl Earring«

Film production TV Series: Jan Vermeer »The Girl with a Pearl Earring«

»The Girl with a Pearl Earring« from 1665 is Vermeer's most famous picture. Who is the girl with the pearl earring who is mysteriously regarding the viewer? This question has inspired artists like Dorothee Golz. Her digital paintings turn the girl who sat for the portrait centuries ago into a modern young woman.

Concept of the TV series

A journey through Europe to the icons the history of art

Ten paintings that everyone knows. Ten painters and their biographies. Ten masterpieces of art history. Hundreds of thousands times quoted, reproduced and received. In the series »Masterpieces Revisited« we travel to the most famous museums in Europe, show their most famous works and try a new approach to each.

What are the characteristics of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to be an icon? Or the scream of Edvard Munch? Advertisers, designers, artists and art historians tell us why the old masterpieces are still very modern. They show us their interpretations and talk with us about their motivations.

In the ten-part TV series »Masterpieces Revisited« the Berlin film production Basiliscus Film dedicates ten pictures on behalf of Deutsche Welle, which gained cult status and our camera team made an extraordinary journey across Europe to the most famous paintings in art history.


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International Masterpieces



March – October 2015


  • Research, organization and planning of the film production in Germany and Netherlands
  • Shooting with own equipment (Sony FS7, Nikon D800)
  • directing and interviews
  • Post production and color grading with AVID Symphony on MacPro
  • Research and music selection
  • Writing the off-text for the speaker
  • Transcoding for HD exploitation