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Upper center in blue ink: Magnus Dominus noster, et magna Virtus eius / Et sapientiae eius no[n] est (“Great is our Lord, and great is his power: and of his wisdom there is no number.” Psalms 146:5) (Latin Vulgate Bible); insects in image numbered .1., .2., 3., and .4., in red ink: center right in brown ink: XXXV.
Facing page:
Upper center in red ink: Annunciate Inter gentes opera eius ps.104. (“Declare his deeds among the Gentiles.” Psalms 104:1) (Latin Vulgate Bible); lower center in (gold?): Dicite Deo quam terribilia sunt opera tua Do[m]i[n]e / In multitudine virtutis tuae mentientur tibi / Innimici (“Say unto God, How terrible are your works, O Lord! in the multitude of your strength your enemies will cringe before you.” Psalms 65:3) (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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