­čî┐deferred – Maria Sibylla Merian, naturalist and illustrator

­čî┐deferred – Maria Sibylla Merian, naturalist and illustrator

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Date(s) - 17/Sep/2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)


­čî┐deferred – Maria Sibylla Merian, 17th century naturalist and illustrator

the presentation originally scheduled for  Thursday March 19 2020 has been deferred due to the NV BoardÔÇÖs new policy in response to COVID-19 risk.
In its place we are presenting online a repeat of the fall 2016 slideshow on wildflowers in the Botanie Valley and Skwaha Lake wildlife reserve
The Lynette Grant’s presentation on Maria Sibylla Merian is tentatively rescheduled for fall 2020.

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.

Click below to download a poster (PDF 8.5×11″) or image.


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