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Insect in image numbered .1., in red ink; center right in brown ink: VII.
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Upper center in red ink: Posuit oculum suum deus super corda hominum ostendere / Illis magnalia operum suorum: ut nome[n] sanctifictionis / collaudet: et gloriari in mirabilibus eius.Ecc[us].17. (“He set his eye upon their hearts to show them the greatness of his works. That they might declare the glorious things of his works.” Ecclesiasticus 17:7-8) (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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