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Veiled Vestal Virgin by dansLesprit



In the heart of the manor that is Chatsworth House (Derbyshire, England) is this beautiful lifesize marble sculpture of a veiled vestal virgin.

It was commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire on 18/10/1846 & completed 1847 by the sculpter Raffaelle Monti (1818-1881).

There was not much light within the room so the black background you see is nartural shadow.

Keira Knightley stares at this actual sculpture in a scene from Pride & Prejudice.

Canon EOS 50D: ISO-1600 (50mm fixed len) f/2.8 1/60sec

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  • luckylarue
    luckylaruealmost 3 years ago

    A beautiful capture Dan!

  • Thanks Lucky, I spent sometime perfecting the shot I wanted.

    – dansLesprit

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks, I love the look of the veil.

    – dansLesprit

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks, it took my breath away when I saw it.

    – dansLesprit

  • Jamie  Armbruster
    Jamie Armbrusteralmost 3 years ago

    I thought I recognized that absolutely beautiful statue. I love, love the veil on her. This is a lovely capture!

  • Thanks, the veil does it for me too, it is so beautiful.

    – dansLesprit

  • RamonFernandez
    RamonFernandezalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture.

  • Thanks Ramon, I used my 50mm lens for this.

    – dansLesprit

  • tenzil
    tenzilalmost 3 years ago

    A striking photo, in the way the veil flows down the image, and her shadowed eyes distance her from the viewer.

  • Thanks, I think the angle also adds to her far far away look.

    – dansLesprit

  • João Castro
    João Castroalmost 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you

    – dansLesprit

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Thank you

    – dansLesprit

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosalmost 2 years ago
  • Thank you :)

    – dansLesprit

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