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Upper center in brown ink: Credula res amor, et in ipsa pericula praeceps: / Ut Gaudet flamma se perimente CVLEX.; insects in image numbered .1., .2., .3., .4., .5., .6., .7., .8., and .9., in red ink; center right in (gold?): XXI.
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Upper center in red ink: Parne Culex, Pecudum custos, tibi tale merenti, / Funeris officium, vitae pro munere reddit.


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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