Books often experience a new wave of popularity after being made into movies. Likewise, a few paintings now compete for attention – after they have become the subjects of novels.
“The Girl with a Pearl Earring” arrived at the Frick Museum in New York as a touring megastar. The painting has received a piece of its own. Queues formed, ticket sales jumped, visitors were speechless at Vermeer’s masterpiece.
Judy Blakey and Sarah Campbell came from York, PA to see her. Blakey said: “It’s amazing. It’s just lovely. I mean, it’s just adorable. ”
When asked about his expression, Campbell said, “It’s the way his mouth is open and that surprised look on his face. I just think it’s beautiful. “
But something happened in another room of the Frick. Another Dutch painting began to gain attention – a painting of a domestic goldfinch chained to its perch.
Margaret Iacono, deputy curator of The Frick, asked if there was a new star, replied: “There is a new star. Maybe a co-star.”
The painting is actually quite small. Iacono said: “Very small. I think the bird exploded in people’s minds because of the book. ”
The book is Donna Tartt’s bestselling new novel, “The Goldfinch”, named after the painting.
Sue Anderson came from Atlanta. She said she was in the middle of the book – and that’s the reason she visited the Frick.
When asked if it was worth it, she replied, “It was so worth it. It’s pretty beautiful just to see it. “
Figures at the museum “have skyrocketed,” according to Iacono. She added, “We had the biggest turnout we’ve ever had.”
In the gift shop, “Le Chardonneret” now has its own tote bag, as does “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”, whose fame also skyrocketed after being the subject of a novel. in 1999. Like Vermeer, Carel Fabritius who painted “The Goldfinch”, lived in Delft in The Hague. But in 1654, a massive explosion in a gunpowder factory killed the artist and destroyed most of his work.
When the house museum “The Goldfinch” in The Hague restored the painting in 2003, they discovered microscopic damage. Iacono said: “So it was speculated that the painting may have been in the rubble.”
She said the bird’s survival is “very remarkable” if so. Iacnono added: “It would be a bit like a phoenix rising from its ashes.”
Two masterpieces have now found new audiences thanks to the novels. Campbell remarked, “Isn’t it great that culture is alive! ”
At 357 years old, “Le Chardonneret” is suddenly an ingenious in the art world.