While on the treadmill the other day I caught the end of a news report about two very famous pieces of art being returned to a newly renovated museum in the Netherlands following a tour of galleries in numerous countries including the US. The artwork, that have gained additional notoriety due in part to 2 very successful books, are The Goldfinch and The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Having read both books myself, I must admit that seeing the artwork in person is now higher on my must do list. If you find yourself in The Hague then I would suggest adding a visit to the Mauritshuis Museum and if you would like to read more about this new exhibition then here is a link to an article that I found from The New York Times
I was lucky enough to have visited The Netherlands back in the summer of 2012. With David attending a conference in Amsterdam, I was able to take a look around this fascinating city on foot and on one of the many boats that give tours along the canals. I also got to jump on a very clean double decker train for a quick hour-long journey to visit a friend from the US who is ‘enjoying’ the expat life in the Hague. Mel took me to look around the Mesdag Museum on that visit. Hopefully one day I can return the favor and act as a tourist guide for Mel if we ever end up in London at the same time.
This news article made me rack my brains to think if I had read any other books that featured a famous piece of art? The obvious one for me was Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and Sue Monk Kidds The Mermaid Chair came to mind but then I drew a blank. Turning to my favorite ‘googling’ pastime I did find this fun blog that lists ten other books based on famous artwork Please share any other titles that you can think of that I should add to my reading queue?