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A Butterfly Journey

A Butterfly Journey

Maria Sibylla Merian, Artist and Scientist

Book - 2015
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The amazing story of the life and work of the renowned botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) is told alongside her beautiful illustrations of butterflies in this elegant book. A woman ahead of her time, she was an intrepid explorer, naturalist, scholar, as well as a magnificent artist. This book tells Merian's incredible life story alongside colorful reproductions of her engravings and watercolors of the butterflies she encountered during her lifetime in Germany and the Netherlands, and her seminal trip to the Dutch colony of Surinam. The book recounts her monumental expedition, her work as an advocate for the slave laborers of Suriname, and her important studies of the anatomy and life cycle of the butterfly. Author Boris Friedewald employs Merian's favorite insect as a metaphor for the artist's own pioneering evolution from budding entomologist to educator, activist, and artist.-- Source other than Library of Congress.
Publisher: Munich ; New York : Prestel, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9783791381497
Call Number: 570.92 F8999b 2015
Characteristics: 143 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Pohl, Stephan von - Translator


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Showcases the vivid illustrations of butterflies, caterpillars, flowers, lizards and snakes of Maria Sibylla Merian, who spent the years 1699-1701 in Suriname studying its plants and animals.

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