Maria Sibylla Merian - naturalist and illustrator 'par excellence'

25 June 2018 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Dr Jeyaraney Kathirithamby


Janet Walwyn | | 01865 287156


Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the first naturalists to make careful observations of the metamorphosis of insects and amphibians, at a time when little was known about it. This talk will discuss her work.

Her detailed illustrations were not only unusual in the seventeenth century but extraordinary. Her bold decision to set sail for Surinam in South America to record and draw unusual plants and animals culminated in the publication in 1705 of Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, her magnum opus. Her delicate illustrations were brilliantly coloured, and her notes remarkable for their scientific detail, considering that she worked with only paint-brush and magnifying glass.


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