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Rainy Season in the Tropics by Frederic Edwin Church
Rainy Season in the Tropics by Frederic Edwin Church

Rainy Season in the Tropics, 1866

Frederic Edwin Church

Despite being a highly theatrical, fantastical, and symbolic landscape, the scene incorporates a number of scientifically accurate and observed elements. The double rainbow that spans the canvas, notable for the reversal of the color spectrum that occurs in the second of its two bands, is technically known as Alexander’s band, and artist's meticulous depiction of it suggests that he may have consulted a scientific treatise when painting the scene. “Rainy Season in the Tropics” can be seen as a reflection of the artist's renewed optimism, both about his personal life and about a spirit of national unity following the end of the American Civil War.

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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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