Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

Vespertina Quies

1893

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1079 x 622 mm
frame: 1600 x 1300 x 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Miss Maud Beddington 1940
Reference
N05176

Display caption

This picture evokes a mood of contemplation and stillness. Its Latin title means ‘Evening Quiet’. 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 in a pose reminiscent of Italian Renaissance portraits. These had greatly impressed Burne-Jones on his second visit to Italy with John Ruskin, in 1862.

Gallery label, November 2016

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