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Center right in brown ink: XXVIII.
Facing page:
Upper center in red ink: Sicut Tinea vestimento: et vermis ligno: / Ita tristitia, viri nocet 25: (“As a moth in a garment, and a worm in a tree, so sadness eats away a man’s heart.” Proverbs 25:20) (Latin Vulgate Bible); lower center in black ink: Quasi putredo Consumendus sum, et quasi vestimentum / quod commeditur a TINEA: Job 13
(“Who am I to be consumed as by rot and as a garment that is eaten by a moth.” Job 13:28) (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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