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Egg sac in image numbered .2., in red ink; center right in brown ink: XXXX.
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Upper center in red ink: Et contabescere fecisti sicut Araneam animam eius / veruntamen vane conturbatur omnis (“And you have made his soul to waste away like a spider; surely in vain is any man disquieted.” Psalms 38:12) (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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