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Upper center in black ink: IPSA DIES APERIT, CONFICIT IPSA DIES. (“The very day that it opens, it passes away.” “Ausonius”, De rosis nascentibus, 40) (trans. Bass 2019, 237); caterpillar in image numbered .2., in red ink; center right in brown ink: L.
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Upper center in red ink: Dixit et venit locusta, et bruchus, cuius / non erat numerus ps: 104: (“He spoke, and the locust came, and the bruchus, of which there was no number.” Psalms 104:34) (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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