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Drawing, Ceiling Design Depicting Iris and the Rainbow

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Felice Giani. 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 Week series in a post titled Iris and the Rainbow.

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Drawing, Ceiling Design Depicting Iris and the Rainbow; Designed by Felice Giani (Italian, 1758–1823); Italy; pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor on off-white laid paper; 1901-39-1807

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.

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