Jessica asked:

Is the painting of The Goldfinch a real-life masterpiece?

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Ami It is! There was coincidentally an exhibition that showed it in NYC at the same time that the book came out, which was pretty cool. Indie bookstores were offered a trip to see the painting as a sort of event.
Raleigh Rand I reread the first few chapters after finishing the book and looked up each painting Theo and his mother discussed before the explosion. The Anatomy Lesson and all of them. It made the story even richer after reading.
Karen Yes it is. All part of what makes this wonderful writer have depth, insight and vision.
I found the connection between Theo and the goldfinch perfect because it depicts how he is "chained" to his mother's memory.
Yvonne It is part of the permanent collection of the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, Netherlands. Here's a link to the museum's website:
Sandra yes. The Goldfinch was owned by Chevalier Joseph-Guillaume-Jean Camberlyn in Brussels, when it was given to Etienne-Joseph-Théophile Thoré in 1865. He sold it at Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 5 December 1892. The painting was later purchased by Abraham Bredius for the Mauritshuis at the sale of the E. Martinet collection again at Hôtel Drouot on 27 February 1896.[4] The painting is in the permanent collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague and currently on display in the museum.
Diane I wanted to purchase a small print of it as I like the book so much. I've only found 16 x 20 which I think is too large. Has anyone found a decent copy of the painting?
Amy I really liked the way Theo's mom described all of the paintings they looked at (ie (from memory: "He was working fast; slash slash slash")). It was a great way to show what kind of person she was and why Theo missed her so much.
Caitlin Recently visited the Mauritshuis in Den Haag.
This is the home of The Goldfinch, The Anatomy Lesson, and many other great paintings (Vermeer's - View of Delft and The Girl With The Pearl Earring)
If anyone who has read this book is ever in The Netherlands, I would highly recommend visiting Den Haag and Mauritshuis.
Marlene If you want to read about the real painting and its artist read Fabritius by Deborah Davis.
Marlene Techera yes it is ....
Mommooshka Two great websites that have complied paintings mentioned in The Golfinch are: a Pinterest post of images only at and the paintings along with text from the novel related to them at
Shari We saw it in The Hague this Spring. It was beautiful. I also saw The Girl with the Pearl Earring. That was primarily the reason for the train ride from Amsterdam. The Goldfinch was a bonus.
Ryan Yes! It is housed in Mauritshuis Museum in Hague.
Patty Does anyone have an idea why she chose this painting? To me, it's a sad painting and I thought it was a sad book, but not in the same way. The goldfinch's essence is destroyed by the chain.The loss of Theo's mom doomed him - he wasn't able to re-construct himself after she died.
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