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Insects in image numbered .1. and .2., in red ink; center right in brown ink: XXV; Facing page: Upper center in red ink: Quis loquetur potentias Domini: auditas / faciet omnes laudes eius ps:104. (“Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can show forth all his praise?” Psalms 105:2) (Latin Vulgate Bible)

Provenance

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

Exhibition History

1998
A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1998, no. 76.
1999
From Botany to Bouquets: Flowers in Northern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999, no. 45, as Iris from Animalia Rationalia et Insecta (Ignis).
2002
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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