­čî┐Maria Sibylla Merian: 17th Century Naturalist & Illustrator

­čî┐Maria Sibylla Merian: 17th Century Naturalist & Illustrator

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Date(s) - 15/Oct/2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)


­čî┐Maria Sibylla Merian: 17th Century Naturalist & Illustrator

Lynette Grant’s presentation was originally scheduled for Thursday March 19 2020.  We don’t know whether it will be in person or online or both.

Born in 1679 in Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated by the natural world.   As a girl of 13 she was breeding silkworms, she was painting flowers. She married and had 2 daughters. She continued with intense observations and documentation of the butterfly life cycle and the flowers they favoured.  In her fifties she sold many of her paintings and manuscripts so that she, with one of her daughters, could travel to Suriname, a Dutch colony in South America. She wanted to see for herself the butterflies she had seen as specimens in Cabinets of Curiosities. She documented and illustrated and  published her findings, using the word Metamorphosis, a concept not well understood at that time. She is considered by David Attenborough to be amongst the most significant contributors to the field of entomology. She was certainly a woman ahead of her time.

Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm. There will be opportunity for plant identification.

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