The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), New York, USA  

#booksandmuseums series 

When I asked on social media recently for suggestions for a list of books that are set in or inspired by museums, The Goldfinch came up over and over again. Not surprising as  it is recently published (2015), and opens with a dramatic, scene at one the world’s largest art museum’s – the Met in New York.

Carel Fabritius’ (1622-1654) painting ‘The Goldfinch’ that has such a central role in Donna Tartt’s lastest novel is now hugely famous. It was acquired by the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague in 1896. Following the publication of Donna Tartt’s novel, readers of The Goldfinch and Donna Tartt fans have been travelling from around the world to see the painting. It was on temporary loan to The Frick in New York and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Listen to an audio clip introducing the painting here.


Here Donna Tartt talks to Kirsty Walk – in The Met – about the inspiration for her book:




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The Mauritshaus has another painting in its permanent collection that was inspired by and is the central focus of a novel – ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer, and Tracy Chevalier’s novel of the same name.





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