Vespertina Quies (1893)

Burne-Jones, Edward (1833-1898)

Vespertina Quies (Evening Quiet)
Oil on canvas, 107.9 x 62.2 cm
Tate BritainLondon

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. (Tate)