Chatsworth is a “stately manor” in Derbyshire, in the Midlands of England. The term does the place absolutely no justice. It’s breathtaking. During our visit, we came upon a bust created by Italian sculptor Raffaelle Monti in 1849.
You know the phrase “doing a double-take”? Well, I really did. I walked past, glancing at her, then stopped dead in my tracks, turned and looked again, this time in real disbelief. The solid marble bust conveys the illusion of a translucent fabric veil. I’m told this was Monti’s specialty. He was much copied, but this is the first and only example I’ve ever seen of his technique. The illusion is just as strong in person as in the photograph.
The shot was hand-held, taken in relatively low light, with a small, inexpensive travel camera (actually, an early Canon PowerShot). But you still get the idea!