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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.

Why is this in our collection?

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 is a drawing from Italy. It is dated 1810–25 and we acquired it in 1901. Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 202 as part of Hewitt Sisters Collect.

Its medium is

pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor on off-white laid paper

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.

This object was designed by Felice Giani

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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