Monday, April 2, 2018

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717)




"Merian remains one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of science. A woman in a man’s world, she was already collecting caterpillars at the age of 13; she learned how to draw from her father (an engraver) and stepfather (a still-life painter). Her caterpillar-hunting took her from her native Frankfurt to the jungles of Suriname and earned her influential friends and material wealth as she settled in Amsterdam to run a studio with her two artist daughters."
• Gauvin Alexander Bailey is the Professor and Bader Chair of Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/bugs-and-flowers-art-and-science




1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I had never heard of her, but I followed the link and read up a bit. For the times she lived in, this is quite amazing! I love the flower vase. I'm not fond of bugs, but the detail and accurate depictions in the second piece are very good.