Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654

Souvenirs of The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius.

Perhaps the most famous little bird from the 17th century that became even better known a few years ago through the bestseller of Donna Tartt The Goldfinch.

A goldfinch, with a chain on its paw, sits on its feeding bowl. Goldfinches were popular as pets, because you could teach them to draw water from a container with a miniature bucket.

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