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The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius

  • You can own The Goldfinch - Our re-creation is so close to the original, you can't tell the difference. This limited edition 3D reproduction of "The Goldfinch" is true to size and captures every brushstroke of the original, allowing you to experience the artwork as Carel Fabritius intended.
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    • Verus Art reproductions are printed on premium aluminum panels using the highest quality archival inks
    • Re-creation size: 21.6 x 32.5 cm (8.5” x 12.8”)
  • The museum choice frame was selected by Mauritshuis curators to match the frame on the original painting of The Goldfinch, providing you a sense of living with real thing.
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The Goldfinch, by Fabritius Painting Close Up


The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius is an exciting opportunity for Verus Art to showcase our 3D reproduction technology on one of the world's most iconic paintings. Fabrituis' energetic brushstrokes and mesmerizing illusion techniques to make the bird look life-like are an integral part of the composition that aren't truly represented in flat prints.



Fabritius’ Goldfinch is undoubtedly the most looked at little bird in the history of art. Thousands of museum visitors adore this masterpiece every year.

In 1654, Fabritius painted a goldfinch with loose, visible brushstrokes. A charming little bird on a chain, in front of a whitewashed buy rather battered wall. That is all. Not much, but enough to captivate and stir up curiosity.

Remarked as Rembrandt’s most talented student, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to this beautiful little bird.

Common in the 17th Century, many wonder if Fabritius had his own pet Goldfinch as the painting is so enticingly real. Enough so to momentarily trick a visitor into thinking this little bird was a living pet.

Experiments with such ‘trompe I’oeil’ – deceiver of the eye - effects and perspective were all the rage in Fabritius’ day. The perfect illusion was the ultimate goal for an artist. When looking up close we can see how perspective and innovative techniques achieved this sense of Realism, intending for viewers from afar to mistake this portrait for a real Goldfinch.

The Goldfinch perching

Today the world continues to flock to see this special little bird, most recently influenced by Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch. In the novel, which won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the painting plays an all-important role for the protagonist, Theo. At the end of the book he wonders what inspired Fabritius to paint a goldfinch of all things:

Why not something more typical? Why not a seascape, a landscape, a history painting, a commissioned portrait of some important person, a low-life scene of drinkers in a tavern, a bunch of tulips for heaven’s sake, rather than this lonely little captive? Chained to his perch? Who knows what Fabritius was trying to tell us by his choice of tiny subject? His presentation of tiny subject? And if what they say is true - if every great painting is really a self-portrait – what, if anything, is Fabritius saying about himself?

From: Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch, 2013



Carel Fabritius is said to be one of Rembrandt's most remarkable students and one of  most talented artists of the 17th Century. Commonly likened to Vermeer, he stands for his use of light backgrounds and intense dark objects to create the most captivating illusions of the era. However, today we only have a handful of works to remember him, including The Goldfinch, painted in 1654. Tragically, Fabritius passed away at the young age of 32 due to a huge gunpowder magazine explosion that devastated a quarter of the city of Delft. It is likely that many of his works were lost in the same explosion that destroyed his studio, making The Goldfinch even more significant.



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