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Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Here's the True Story Behind the Painting in 'The Goldfinch'

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Donna Tartt's bestseller The Goldfinch is now a movie, and if you're not familiar with the plot of the book, it begins with a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, during which our protagonist Theo Decker's mom is killed.

In the aftermath of the explosion, Theo encounters an old man who gives him a ring along with an enigmatic message before dying. Confused and in shock, Theo steals the painting The Goldfinch, which he and his mother were observing, in a panic before his escape.

But is the painting in The Goldfinch real? And what happens to it in the movie? Keep reading.