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The Lady with a Fan
  • Diego Velázquez (1599 - 1660)
  • The Lady with a Fan
  • Spain
  • c. 1640
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 95 x 70 cm
    Object size: 122.5 x 99 x 7.5 cm
  • P88
  • Dining Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The Lady with a Fan is one of Velázquez’s most famous paintings, yet the identity of the sitter remains a mystery. It has been suggested that it may portray either the artist’s wife, Juana de Miranda, his own daughter, Francisca, or the exiled Marie de Rohan, duchesse de Chevreuse (1600-79). The closely observed features, severe gaze, sober palette and prominently displayed rosary lend the picture an aura of intensity and enigma that has long fascinated viewers: indeed the French art historian Thoré-Bürger claimed that there was no other painting that better represented the art of Velázquez and Spain.