Maria Sibylla Merian and Daughters: Women of Art and Science

Maria Sibylla Merian and daughters

I would be tempted to add: and business. Do you remember my post on the beautiful exhibition at the Getty last summer? Maria Sibylla was not only a gifted artist and a pioneer of
entomology, she also established a thriving business out of her
passion for painting, flowers and insects.

Well, Ellen at Eighteenth Century Worlds brought to the list’s attention this article in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books. It deals with the catalog of the Getty exhibition, by Ella Reitsma, and another book on the same topic, Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, by Kim Todd. I have not read the latter, but I highly recommend the catalog.

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5 Comments to “Maria Sibylla Merian and Daughters: Women of Art and Science”

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    Gorgeous book, Felio!

  2. Felio Vasa says:

    Love her work. Beautiful cover page. I can only imagine what the rest looks like. I’ll have to get the catalog for my collection.
    Thanks.

  3. Catherine Delors says:

    Kenza, Penny – The story of the Merians is indeed fascinating on many levels. Unfortunately the exhibit is over, so you will have to be content with the catalog…

  4. Penny says:

    thank you for reminding us of this exhibit. maybe when my cold goes away, i can go visit,

  5. Kenza says:

    Merci Catherine! Je découvre grâce à vous cette exceptionnelle artiste. J’aime beaucoup ces peintures et votre post me donne envie d’en savoir plus sur Maria Sybilla Merian. Merci encore!
    Très amicalement, Kenza

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