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Mauritshuis launches "The Goldfinch, A Bird’s Eye View"

Our new story-telling website The Goldfinch, A Bird’s Eye View, focusses entirely on The Goldfinch, the much-loved painting by Carel Fabritius.

The Goldfinch, A Bird’s Eye View is the first in a series to present the masterpieces of the Mauritshuis in a new and refreshing light. We aim to bring the stories about the paintings in our collection to life and to make them accessible to virtual visitors throughout the world.

Explore a great many stories about this world-famous painting, the bird it depicts and the artist through sound, animation and visuals:

Source of inspiration and public favourite

This masterpiece by Carel Fabritius, painted several centuries ago, is still a source of inspiration to many. The writer Donna Tartt described the work as a ‘tiny, stand-alone masterpiece’ and devoted a best-selling novel to this goldfinch, which featured a reproduction of Fabritius’s painting on the cover of her work. The composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote a special flute concert about the little bird, calling it ‘Il Gardellino’ (The Goldfinch).

The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, which exhibited the painting in late 2016, described it as one of the most beautiful and mysterious paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. Many visitors to the Mauritshuis sorely missed the picture while it was away. When The Goldfinch returned home to the Mauritshuis, the Mauritshuis posted a short film about its return on social media. This film was shared over 1600 times and garnered 258,446 views.

The realisation of The Goldfinch, A bird’s eye view was made possible by principal partner NN Group.

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