Lady with a Fan


Artist: Riza Abbasi (ca. 1565-1635)
Historical period(s)
Safavid period, ca. 1590-92
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 13.7 × 6.4 cm (5 3/8 × 2 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Album folio

fan, Iran, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), woman

To 1932
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York to 1932 [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York in 1932 [2]


[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962


Riza Abbasi, one of the most accomplished Persian painters, is also considered the unrivaled master of the genre of the single-page composition. Active from the late 1580s until his death in 1635, he was the leading artist at the court of Shah Abbas (1589-1629), the powerful Safavid ruler of Iran, but also worked for patrons outside the court. Lady with a Fan, one of his early works, carries Shah Abbas's seal, indicating that it was once part of a royal album. Signed "Aqa [master] Riza," the fine painting bears many of the artist's trademarks, such as his use of sweeping, controlled lines and broad areas of bright color that create a sense of volume. The woman's delicate ringlets and the folds of her diaphanous sleeves lend the image a sense of heightened refinement, another characteristic of Riza Abbasi's work.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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