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Historian Natalie Zemon Davis wrote about her (and Glikl bas Judah Leib and Marie de l’Incarnation,) in “Women on the Margins,” Maria Sibylla Merian, a German painter and naturalist, produced an innovative work on tropical insects based on lore she gathered from the Carib, Arawak, and African women of Suriname. Along the way she abandoned her husband to join a radical Protestant sect in the Netherlands, (Spark notes on the book: https://www.enotes.com/topics/women-margins/in-depth)
|Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and a False Coral Snake (Anilius scytale). Wikipedia|
Merian published her first book of natural illustrations, titled Neues Blumenbuch, in 1675 at age 28. In 1699, following eight years of painting and studying, and on the encouragement of Cornelis van Aerssen van Sommelsdijck, the then-governor of the Dutch colony of Surinam, the city of Amsterdam awarded Merian a grant to travel to South America with her daughter Dorothea.
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Happy Birthday to Max Ernst, pioneer of Dada and Surrealism born today in 1891: http://bit.ly/1RRLzFH
Explore "The Antipope" and his other works on view in #GuggVisionaries. http://gu.gg/wHa930aqV2T
National Poetry Month: https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home