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.


  • Title: Vespertina Quies
  • Creator: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
  • Creator Death Place: London, United Kingdom
  • Creator Birth Place: Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Date Created: 1893
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Miss Maud Beddington 1940
  • Physical Dimensions: w622 x h1079 mm
  • Original Title: Vespertina Quies
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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