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Upper center in blue/black ink: Forma brevis FLOS est, primo spectabilis ortu, / Mox languens fugiente die. (“The flower is splendid as a brief show of beauty, but soon languishes as the day passes.”) (trans.Vignau-Wilberg 1994, 81); insects in image numbered .1., .2, .3, .4., and .5., in red ink; center right in brown ink: LXXIV.
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Upper center in red ink: Nostra, sine auxilio, fugiunt bona: carpite florem: / qui nisi carptus erit turpiter ipse cadet.


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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