A woman ahead of her time, Maria Sibylla Merian 1647 1717 was an intrepid explorer, naturalist and scholar, as well as a magnificent artist This lovely, impeccably designed book tells Merian s incredible life story alongside colourful reproductions of her engravings and watercolours of the butterflies she encountered during her lifetime in Germany and the Netherlands and her seminal trip to the Dutch colony of Surinam The book recounts Merian s monumental expedition, her work as an advocate for the slave laborers of Surinam and her important studies of the anatomy and life cycle of the butterfly Author Boris Friedewald employs Merian s favourite insect as a metaphor for the artist s own pioneering evolution from budding entomologist to educator, activist and artist A visual treasure as well as a satisfying read, this exquisite volume is the perfect gift for anyone interested in Merian s amazing life and groundbreaking body of work. This is a lovely and beautifully designed and constructed small hardcover book filled with color illustrations and it even has a ribbon place marker The quality is remarkable for the price It provides a simple version of the life and work of Maria Sibylla Merian Many of the illustrations are very small and it is a good idea to keep a magnifying glass handy The writing is quite awkward and there are annoying grammar errors I attribute this to the fact that it is a poor translation from the original, which was in German I gave it four stars rather than five because of this I do however, highly recommend the book because of the beauty of the book itself One can go to other, scholarly books, for a better overview of Marian s work and life. Sweet little book and lovely images of Merian s work Good historical account However, I found the tone at times to be paternal and condescending, especially at the beginning of the book. Makes for a nice gift for your sweetheart or for a nice read about the great Maria Sybilla Merian who led a remarkable life.
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- Butterfly Journey: The Life and Art of Maria Sibylla Merian: Maria Sibylla Merian. Artist and Scientist
- Boris Friedewald
- 16 March 2017 Boris Friedewald