Getty Trust Publications, 2008. 52 pages, Duodecimo, paperback, colour illustrations.
Brafman, David and Stephanie Schrader.
Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was an intrepid artist and scientist who defied the conventions of her time to pursue her passion for documenting the natural world in all its glorious, and sometimes ferocious, detail. Between 1699-1701, she travelled to the Dutch colony of Suriname in South America to study the area’s unique flora and fauna. Many of the drawings and painting she produced on this trip were published as handcoloured counter proofs in her Metamorphosis of the insects of Suriname (1705). This delightfully illustrated volume reproduces vivid colour details of sixteen plates from that volume, as well as presenting an insect and plant identification guide, and an engaging essay on Merian’s life and work.