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Merian – Artful Nature and the Legacy of Maria Sibylla Merian

Category: Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian’s Lasting Influence—Metamorphosis

After the publication her other books, prints from which can be seen in the exhibit, Maria Sibylla Merian still had her most challenging book to publish—Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. By 1691, Merian had moved to Amsterdam with her two daughters, where she was able to see several cabinets of curiosity.…

Merian’s Artful Nature and Societal Expectations

Emily Roush ’21 Prior to the Raupen book, prints that are also featured in the exhibition, Maria Sibylla Merian published her New Flower Books in 1675, 1677, and a third in 1680. The German naturalist…

Merian’s Marvelous Ecological Illustrations

Emily Roush ’21 Maria Sibylla Merian was a German naturalist and artist, who made innovative leaps in accurately illustrating ecological frameworks reflecting her extensive study of insects and plants as exemplified in her revolutionary Raupen…