Pre-Raphaelite Sighting in Deception

An exciting new addition to the Unexpected Pre-Raphaelite Sightings page! Thank you to Victoria Osborne for sharing. The 2013 thriller The Best Offer (Deception) stars Geoffrey Rush as an eccentric art auctioneer with a secret collection of portraits of beautiful women – including Burne-Jones’ Vespertina Quies and one of Birmingham Museums’ Rossetti drawings of Fanny Cornforth.

Pre-Raphaelite beauties aside, these is a magnificent collection of masterpieces on a film set. Just gorgeous. I spot one of my favorite Modiglianis as well.

'Vespertina Quies' is Latin for 'Evening Quiet'
‘Vespertina Quies’ is Latin for ‘Evening Quiet’
Drawing of Fanny Cornforth by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Drawing of Fanny Cornforth by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Here’s a larger image so you can peruse all the paintings properly. Click to see larger:


1 thought on “Pre-Raphaelite Sighting in Deception”

  1. I can spy a Modigliani at the top left, a Renoir below, some Gainsboroughs and what might Rubens and Reynolds as well. A must watch!


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