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How to Read Paintings: The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius

A beautiful and mysterious depiction of a captive bird

We look up. Slightly above eye level we see an exotic looking bird perched on a feeder-box. The bird has lemon-yellow and cherry-red highlights, and is tethered to the feeder by a fine metal chain. It has some chance of movement, for the length of the chain is perhaps twice the…

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