Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt
Vespertina Quies 1893

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Vespertina Quies
Date 1893
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1079 x 622 mm
frame: 1600 x 1300 x 170 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss Maud Beddington 1940
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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This picture evokes a mood of contemplation and stillness. Its Latin title means ‘Evening Quiet’.Edward Burne-Jones is believed to have employed a model named Elizabeth Keene, who he invited to watch him work on the painting. She is seen in a three-quarter view leaning on a balustrade a pose derived from portraits by Italian Renaissance artists. These had greatly impressed Burne-Jones on his second visit to Italy with John Ruskin, in 1862.

July 2007

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