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Upper center in red ink: Nolite thesaurisare vobis thesauros in terra: / ubi erugo et tinea demolitur.Matt.6. (“Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume.” Matthew 6:19) (Latin Vulgate Bible); lower center in black ink: Omni homini noli attendere in specie: Et in medio / Mulieru[m] noli co[m]morari: de vestime[n]tis enim procedit / Tinea, et a muliere inniquitas viri. Ecc[us] 42. (“Behold not everybody’s beauty: and tarry not among women. For from garments come a moth and from a woman the iniquity of man.” Ecclesiasticus 42:12-13) (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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