The woman in this painting seems to hold her hand up to an unknown person just beyond the painting. The dark outlines and elongated shape seem to give great weight to this part of the painting. Compare it, for example, to her other hand which holds a fan.

When you first look at the painting, you might feel that the hand is enormous. However, if you measure it, you will see that it is about the same length as the woman's head. This is a proportion tha artists try to maintain in their painting -- where the length of the head is about the same size as the length of the hand. Check this out for yourself. Is your hand smaller, about the same size, or larger in length than your head?

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