This book, Girl with a Pearl Earring, written by Tracy Chevalier was also made into a movie.
The latest investigation into Jan Vermeer's life is this new documentary now making the rounds by Tim Jensen. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140103-could-anyone-paint-a-vermeer
Watch the video and then read the text. Be ready to discuss it with your English teacher.
What do you know about Jan Vermeer?
Have you ever seen a camera obscura?
Why was this a surprising development in the 17th century?
What was the usual way of painting in Vermeer's lifetime?
What was different about his paintings?
Does the fact that he used "technology" detract from the genius of the paintings?
Would you like to paint like this? Do you like to go to museums? Art Galleries? Why or Why not?
Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher