Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian

Moements with Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 – 1717)

Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the foremost natural historians and artists of the 17th century. 

Born in Frankfurt, Germany into a family of artists and publishers. 

Although she came from the tradition of flower painting, at an early age she became interested in the metamorphosis of butterflies and insects and the plants on which they live.

She taught painting and drawing and published her own work.

At the age of 52 she embarked on a journey to Suriname (Dutch Guiana) in South America, where she documented her special interest of flora and fauna in their tropical habitat. 

Two years later she returned to Europe and began work on her illustrious book Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (Transformations of the Insects of Suriname), which was published in Amsterdam in 1705.

We are pleased to bring you a series of plates from that astonishingly beautiful work.


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