Strange as it may seem the double rainbow has not been drawn the correct way. The colors red and blue have been ordered in a particular way, which contrary to physics have been rearranged to fitthe symbolic meaning.The inner rainbow has been drawn with a red banner at the inside, immediately followed by the blue banner, which should be located at the outside borderline of the rainbow.The blue banner is broader than the red banner, which may indicate to attribute the blue symbol tothe adult Mother Mary and the tiny red banner to the male child.According to the laws of physics the red band should be at the upper side
of the primary rainbow,which obviously has been ignored by the painter - probably to associate the red (male) symbol tothe child Jesus.These red and blue banners as close neighbors are oriented at the side of the Madonna and Jesus,and suggest to consider these symbolic colors as attributes to the saints.The upper rainbow is a secondary rainbow, which should reveal a reversed sequence of the colors.The secondary rainbow however is barely identifiable and has only be painted exactly between theMadonna and God in the sky. Probably the same red & blue tapes have been oriented at the side of the divine Being.Grunewald's Stuppacher Madonna therefore probably signifies that the rainbow's red & blue colorsare the main medieval symbols in the rainbow's symbolism.
1See samples at the source: Rainbow
Fig. 2: Red and blue banners located close together at the main rainbow