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.
- Designed by Felice Giani
What is this?
Iris flies with arms extended below a rainbow and above a thunderstorm. Beside her at left flies a putto with leaves in his hands, at right, two wind deities blow clouds.
This object is full of stories
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.