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upper center in black ink: Necdum Montes gravi mole constiterant, ante Colles / Ego Sapientia parturiebar: Adhuc TERRAM non fecerat / Et flumina, et cardines orbis (“The mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established, before the hills I [wisdom] was brought forth: he had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world.” Proverbs 8:25-26) (Latin Vulgate Bible); right center in (gold?): LI.
Facing page: upper center in brown ink: Priusquam MONTES fierent, et crearetur terra, et orbis: / A seculo et usq[ue] in seculum tu es DEVS ps:89 (“Before the mountains were brought forth or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.” Psalms 89:2) (Latin Vulgate Bible); lower center in red/violet ink: TERRA mota est: Etenim Coeli distillaverunt a facie / Domini DEI sinai. Ps: 67. (“The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of the God of Sinai.” Psalms 67:9) (Latin Vulgate Bible)


Emperor Rudolph of Austria; Lessing J. Rosenwald, Alverthorpe, PA; gift to NGA, 1987.

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