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Center right in brown ink: LXII.
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Upper center in blue/black ink: Mel invenisti commede quod sufficit tibi / ne forte saciatus evomas 25. (“You have found honey, eat what is sufficient for you, lest being glutted with it you vomit it up.” Proverbs 25:16) (Latin Vulgate Bible); lower center in blue/black ink: sicut qui Mel multum commedit non est ei bonum / sic qui scrutator est magestatis, opprimetur a (“As it is not good for a man to eat much honey, so he that is a searcher of majesty, shall be overwhelmed by glory.” Proverbs 25:27) (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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