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image of Lady with a Fan Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Lady with a Fan, c. 1628
oil on canvas
overall: 109.7 x 97 cm (43 3/16 x 38 3/16 in.) framed: 151.5 x 134.6 x 16.5 cm (59 5/8 x 53 x 6 1/2 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: Sir Anthony van Dyck
Object 10 of 15

Lady with a Fan depicts the daughter of a Genoese admiral and the wife of Spain's ambassador to Genoa. Her marriage, which took place in Madrid in 1628, may have been the occasion for this portrait. Both her Italian father and her Spanish husband served official duties in the Netherlands, and her costume with its slashed sleeves is northern European in style. With his brilliant use of neutral tones in white, gray, and black, Van Dyck minimized the sitter's fleshy corpulence.

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