Record crowds flock to Dutch Masters in New York
NEW YORK (AFP) - A record-breaking number of people have flocked to a Dutch Old Masters exhibition in New York, fueled by a best-selling novel featuring one of the paintings on display.
The Frick Collection originally billed Girl With A Pearl Earring, the much-loved masterpiece that inspired a Hollywood film in 2003, as the prime attraction of its October-January show.
But as sales have accelerated for United States novelist Donna Tartt's long-awaited third novel The Goldfinch the number of visitors has gone through the roof, the Frick told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Friday.
"This is by far the most visited exhibition that the Frick has hosted," exhibition curator Margaret Iacono told AFP.