Drawing, Ceiling Design Depicting Iris and the Rainbow, 1810–25
This is a Drawing. It was designed by Felice Giani. It is dated 1810–25 and we acquired it in 1901. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor on off-white laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Giani specialized in decorative ensembles for northern and central Italian homes. Iris, goddess of the rainbow, would be an ideal subject for a ceiling. This sheet was likely presented to a client for approval before the concept was transferred to a painted surface.
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of various donors.
Its dimensions are
33.5 x 30.8 cm (13 3/16 x 12 1/8 in.) Mat: 32.5 x 29.8 cm (12 13/16 x 11 3/4 in.) Frame H x W x D: 39.7 x 50.2 x 2.5 cm (15 5/8 in. x 19 3/4 in. x 1 in.)
It is inscribed
Inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower margin, center: Iride Arcobaleno.
Cite this object as
Drawing, Ceiling Design Depicting Iris and the Rainbow, 1810–25. pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor on off-white laid paper. Museum purchase through gift of various donors. 1901-39-1807.