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Upper center in red ink: ABOMINANDVS CANTHARIS; insects in image numbered .1., .2., .3., .4., and .5., in red ink; center right in brown ink: XXXXIII.
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Upper center in black ink: Quam magnifica sunt opera tua Do[m]i[n]e? nimis / profundae factae sunt cogitationes 91. (“O Lord, how great are your works! Your thoughts are exceeding deep.” Psalms 91:6) (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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