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Upper center in blue/violet ink: Haec viret, angusto foliorum tecta galero: / Hanc tenui folio purpura rubra notat. / .1.; flowers in image numbered .1. and .2., in blue ink; center right in brown ink: XXIX.; lower center in blue ink: Vertice collectos, illa[m] exinuabat amictus, / Iam meditans folys, se numerare suis.
Facing page:
Upper center in red ink: Collige Virgo Rosas dum ver novum et nova pubes: / Et memor esto Aevum sic properare tuum.; lower center in red ink: Quam longa est una dies, Aetas tam longa Rosaru[m]: / Quas pubescentes. iuncta senecta praemit.


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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