Fabritius, a star pupil of Rembrandt van Rijn and a source of inspiration for Johannes Vermeer, is notably considered as the binding link between these two pioneers of Dutch painting. Killed by a gunpowder explosion at the age of 32, it is said that most of Fabritius’ works went up in flames during the tragedy. Amongst the few artworks that did survive, however, was none other than The Goldfinch. This captivating painting was crafted the year he died and is considered by many as his greatest masterpiece.
The paining, which usually resides in the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, has garnered wide-spread praise following the publication of Donna Tartt’s 2013 best-selling novel of the same name, of which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014. The movie rights for the beloved book — which follows a young boy who steals a priceless Dutch painting following a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York — have been acquired by Warner Bros. Studios.
The Goldfinch has graced the UK for a scarce number of flying visits, with 2016 marking its first introduction to Scotland. During 2014 and a break from the Netherlands, the painting was displayed at the Frick Collection in New York. Needless to say, this little birdy stole society’s heart and received a warm welcome of approximately 200, 000 visitors, all of whom waited in blisteringly cold temperatures.
As a means to help curb excitement for the pending release of the film, art and literature lovers can witness The Goldfinch free of charge until December 18th, 2016 right in the heart of Scotland’s capital.