The rise of multimedia as a form of communication has seen so many new ways of bringing fairly ‘static’ things to life. Here, we see a website dedicated to The Goldfinch, a painting by Fabritius, that was created in the mid 1600s. This painting has been particularly interesting to Western culture as a whole, as many of Fabritius’ works were destroyed in a catastrophic fire – making this one of the few remaining pieces of his oeuvre. This obsession with the painting even inspired an entire book, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
So, as a museum with such a famous painting, how do you promote it? This is where the Mauritshuis got smart. Realising that the painting itself is one of their best advertisements, they enlisted This Page Amsterdam (a digital agency) to create a site dedicated to the painting. Here you can learn all about Fabritius and the painting which acts not only as a great information resource, but also an incredible advert for the museum and the painting itself. After learning so much, how could you not want to see it in person?
You can visit the Goldfinch here.