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Center right in brown ink: XVI.
Facing page:
Upper center in red ink: Ne humanis rationibus divina opera curiosius excutiam? / Sed ex operibus manuducti admiremur artificem (“Let us not investigate God’s works inquisitively using human reasoning; but, guided by the works, let us admire instead the artist.”) (trans. Vignau-Wilberg 1994, 74)


Emperor Rudolph of Austria; Lessing J. Rosenwald, Alverthorpe, PA; gift to NGA, 1987.

Exhibition History

A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1998, no. 76.
From Botany to Bouquets: Flowers in Northern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999, no. 45, as Iris from Animalia Rationalia et Insecta (Ignis).
Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe l'Oeil Painting, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2002-2003, no. 30, as Ignis (Animalia Rationalia et Insecta) Plate 47.

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