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Anthony van Dyck
Lady with a Fan

c. 1628
oil on canvas
109.7 x 97 cm (43 3/16 x 38 3/16 in)
Probably Archduke Leopold Wilhelm [1614-1662], Brussels, by 1653. [1] Possibly Spinola family, Spain; possibly Marchesa Geronima Centurione, Genoa; probably Doria family, Genoa, by 1680; [2] probably by inheritance to Marchese Ambrogio Doria [d. 1913], Genoa; [3] probably by inheritance to his son, Marchese Giorgio Doria, Genoa; [4] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Rome), by 1928; [5] sold March 1932 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [6] gift 1957 to NGA.

[1] This painting was presumably in Archduke Leopold Wilhelm's collection by 1653, when David Teniers the Younger included it in a painting of the Archduke's cabinet.
[2] Mario Menotti, "Van Dyck a Genova," Archivio storico dell'arte, 2nd series, anno 3 (1897): 444 note 3. According to Menotti, the painting had been brought to Genoa from Spain by Geronima Di Negro Centurione, who had acquired it from the Spinola family. He also identifies the painting with a reference in a 1680 inventory of the Doria collection, in which collection Otto Mündler saw the painting in April and October 1857; see "The Travel Diaries of Otto Mündler 1855-1858," ed. Carol Togner Dowd, Walpole Society 51 (1985): 179, 276.
[3] See Menotti 1897: 375, repro.
[4] No specific evidence exists that the painting was in the son's collection. However, it is unlikely that Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi would have already acquired this painting by the time of Ambrogio Doria's death in 1913.
[5] A document dated 28 May 1928 from the Ministry of Education in the Commune of Rome establishes that Count Contini-Bonacossi owned the painting by this time (see copy in NGA curatorial files).
[6] A bill of sale for this painting dates to March 4, 1932, for which an export license was obtained later that summer (see copies in NGA curatorial files).
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