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Unformatted text preview: Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow, a messenger of the gods, like Hermes. She descended to earth on a rainbow, which touched both realms, representing a communication between the heavenly and the earthly. Iris appears often in Virgil's Aeneid , as in, "The maiden Iris hurried on her way, along her rainbow with a thousand colors . . ." The Rainbow in Painting Slide 9-8: The Rainbow. c. 1878. George Innes (1825-1894) (New Janson p. 715) Janson, H.W. History of Art. Fifth Edition. NY: Abrams, 1995. Innes is considered the leader of the American Barbizon School. He imbued his landscapes with a sense of divine presence and rainbows had a spiritual significance for him. Other landscapes with rainbows include Millet's Spring, Constable's Salisbury Cathedral , and Turner's Buttermere Lake. Note how they give a spiritual feeling to the scene by connecting the earth with the heavens. This illustrates a recurring theme: The union of earthly and divine....
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- The Aeneid