Seminar: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717): Her Botanical Art and Research
Friday, August 4, 2017
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Marieke Van Delft, Curator of Early Printed Collections,
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands
In 1705 the remarkable work Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was published in Amsterdam, the first illustrated overview of the plants and insects of Surinam. In this lecture, held in conjunction with the republication of her masterpiece, Merian will be introduced as an independent woman who traveled from Germany to the Netherlands and Surinam, producing groundbreaking work as an entomologist.