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Upper center in blue/black ink: IN ME CVDETVR FABA.; insect in image numbered .1., in red ink; plant gall(?) in image numbered .2., in red ink; flower in image numbered .3., in red ink; center right in brown ink: XXXXII.; lower center in blue/black ink: Si quid in hoc opera delictum.
Facing page:
Upper center in red ink: Narrabo omnia mirabilia tua Domine.ps:9 (“I will relate all your wonders.” Psalms 9:2) (Latin Vulgate Bible)

Provenance

Emperor Rudolph of Austria; Lessing J. Rosenwald, Alverthorpe, PA; gift to NGA, 1987.

Exhibition History

1998
A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1998, no. 76.
1999
From Botany to Bouquets: Flowers in Northern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999, no. 45, as Iris from Animalia Rationalia et Insecta (Ignis).
2002
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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