Maria Sibylla Merian


 Illuminated Copper-engraving from Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, Plate XXVII. Musa paradisiaca, 1705  Public Domain
Illuminated Copper-engraving from Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, Plate XXVII. Musa paradisiaca, 1705 Public Domain

As a naturalist illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian helped dispel many entomological myths and improved the scientific study of insects and plants, and she did it beautifully.

Information on the reprint of Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium: http://www.sibyllamerian.com/

Holly's Research:

  • Rogers, Kara. “Maria Sibylla Merian.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Jan. 26, 2017. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Maria-Sibylla-Merian
  • Klein, Joanna. “A Pioneering Woman of Science Re-Emerges After 300 Years.” New York Times. Jan. 23, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/science/maria-sibylla-merian-metamorphosis-insectorum-surinamensium.html
  • Schiebinger, Londa. “The art of medicine: Exotic abortifacients and lost knowledge.” The Lancet. March 1, 2008. http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(08)60330-X.pdf
  • Etheridge, Kay. “Maria Sibylla Merian and the metamorphosis of natural history.” Endeavor. Vol. 35. No. 1. 2010. http://public.gettysburg.edu/~ketherid/Endeavor.pdf
  • Wulf, Andrea. “The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful.” The Atlantic. Jan. 19, 2016. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/the-woman-who-made-science-beautiful/424620/
  • “Maria Sibylla Merian.” National Museum of Women in the Arts. https://nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/maria-sibylla-merian

Topics in this Podcast: art history, 17th century, 18th century, women, biographies, Germany, show notes, science history