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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.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Iris and the Rainbow.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

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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; Designed by Felice Giani (Italian, 1758–1823); Italy; pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor on off-white laid paper; 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.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-1807

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