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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