Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

Todd, Kim

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Merian. An artist turned naturalist known for her botanical illustrations, she was born just sixteen years after Galileo proclaimed that the earth orbited the sun. But at the age of fifty she sailed from Europe to the New World on a solo scientificnbsp;expedition to study insect metamorphosis#151;an unheard-of journey for any naturalist at that time, much less a woman. When she returned she produced a book that secured her reputation, only to have it savaged in the nineteenth century by scientists who disdained the work of #147;amateurs." nbsp; Exquisitely written and illustrated, Chrysalis takes us from golden-age Amsterdam to the Surinam tropics to modern laboratories where Merian's insights fuel a new branch of biology. Kim Todd brings to life a seventeenth-century woman whose boldness and vision would still be exceptional today.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0151011087
Branch Call Number: B-M544t 2007
Characteristics: 328 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), maps ;,21 cm
Alternate Title: Chrysalis


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Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Merian: an artist turned naturalist known for her botanical illustrations.

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Aug 06, 2014
  • PinkMagnolia rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book very much. In fact, will read it again. The time period/era is of interest and the author has done women a great service by documenting part of the life of this very interesting woman. The subject matter "metamorphosis" was something that Maria Sibylla Merian had pioneered in recording with her beautiful realistic and detailed drawings.


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