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upper center in red ink: NIHILI COAXATIO IN ACTIONE CO[N]SISTIT VIRTVS. (“Croaking over nothing (much ado about nothing). Virtue consists of action.”) (trans. Vignau-Wilberg 1994, 78; Bass 2019, 211)); center right in black ink: LIV.; animal in upper left of image numbered .1., in red ink; other animals in image numbered .3., .4., .5., and .6., in (gold?); lower center in black ink: Cupiens aequare bibendo / Rana bonem, rupta numq[uam] bibit amplius alvo. (“A frog, desiring to match an ox in a drinking contest, so utterly burst his own belly that he never drank again.” Palingenius Stellatus, _Zodiacus_, 213 (Virgo, lines 579-80) (trans. Bass 2019, 211)
Facing page: upper center in brown ink: Qui facit magna et Inco[m]prehensibilia , et / mirabilia, quorum non est numerus.Job:9. (“Who does great things past finding out and wonders without number.” Job 9:10) (Latin Vulgate Bible); lower center in brown ink: Ecce venenosus, serpendo sibilat Anguis. / Garrula limosis Rana coaxat aquis.


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

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