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Insects in image numbered .1., .2., .3., .4., 5., and .6., in red ink; center right in brown ink: XXXIII.
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Upper center in red ink: Homo sicut FLOS egreditur, et conteritur, et fugit / velut umbra, et nu[m]quam in eodem statu permanet. Job 14. (“Who comes forth like a flower and is destroyed and flees as a shadow and never continues in the same state.” Job 14:2) (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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