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The Lady with a Fan, 1640 by Diego Velazquez

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.

Masterpieces of Diego Velazqueze

  • The Surrender of Breda
  • The Triumph of Bacchus
  • Las Meninas
  • Rokeby Venus
  • Christ on the Cross
  • Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke
  • The Forge of Vulcan
  • Philip IV on Horseback
  • Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress
  • Old Woman Frying Eggs
  • The Spinners
  • Pope Innocent X
  • The Needlewoman
  • The Lady with a Fan
  • Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles
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