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Upper center in blue/black ink: .1. / Haec aperit primi, fastigia celsa obelisci, / Mucronem absolvens, purpurei capitis.; flowers in image numbered .1. and .2., in blue ink; center right in (gold?): LVI.; lower center in blue ink: Haec modo quae toto rutilanerat Igne comarum, / Pallida collapsis, deseritur folys. / .2.
Facing page:
Upper center in red/violet ink: Victrices lauros vel dat bellona catenas; / ut Rosa, sed tandem cervite cuncta cadunt.; lower center in brown ink: Praeterit illa dies, nescitur origo secundi, / An labor, an requies: sic transit gloria mundi.


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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