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Upper center in red ink: .4. / HOMO BOMBILIVS; insects in image numbered .1., .2., .3., .4., .5., .6., and .7., in red ink; center right in (gold?): XX.
Facing page:
Upper center in black ink: Meditabor in omnibus operibus tuis: Et in / adinventionibus tuis (“And I will meditate on all your works: and will be employed in your inventions.” Psalms 76:13) (Latin Vulgate Bible)


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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