|Collection||Nature Print Collection|
"Study of Butterflies, Caterpillar, Pupa, and Chrysalis," hand-colored copperplate engraving from "Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (Transformations of the insects of Suriname)," by Maria Sibylla Merian. Amsterdam, 1719.
Exhibition Label (Birds, Bugs, & Blooms, 2014): Thanks to her notoriety as an artist, Merian was able to travel to Suriname, South America without male accompaniment, despite being a woman. Assisted by her daughter, Merian explored the life cycles of insects, painting her observations in breathtaking watercolor. Her Metamorphosis helped disprove the idea of spontaneous generation, and is considered one of the most important natural history books of all time.
female artist, gender norms, social norms, gender roles, empowerment, nature, science
|Title||Study of Butterflies, Caterpillar, Pupa, and Chrysalis|
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Creator||Merian, Maria Sibylla|
|Dimensions||H-19.75 W-14 inches|
|Credit line||Gift of John Glynn|