Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The picture and the lady

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), the German born naturalist who defied social conventions and produced some of the most beautiful insect studies of the 18th century.

Two plates from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (1705)

Insects and Flowers: The Art of Maria Sibylla Merian

Now playing: The Ugly Bug Ball


Mrs. Blandings said...

I had very poor copies of these in the hall of our old house. I loved the bugs.

Jill said...

I found a chrysalis just like the one in the third image. I transplanted it from my tomato garden to my basil garden. Might not be the smartest idea in the world, but my tomatoes are more important to me than the basil.

Kerry said...

I guess you are referring to the vintage cartoon the Ugly Bug Ball. It is adorable and a favorite I'll have to ask my kids if they remember it.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

These are beautiful. I'd love them on my wall xx