Mertz Library Humanities

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.