Maria Merian's Butterflies - the exhibition catalogue from The Royal Collection available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Maria Merian's Butterflies

Regular price £14.95

'Every page of this book is a history lesson. If you are an admirer of Merian s work,this book provides you the opportunity to study her paintings up close [...] If this is your first introduction to Merian and her contributions to entomology and natural history art, this book is sure to turn you into a fan of this fearless and passionate naturalis' - Art Planet Today

In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian set sail for Suriname, in South America. There she would spend two years studying the animals and plants which she encountered, aiming to explore the life-cycle of insects (the only partially understood). Those studies led to the publication of the Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname), a luxury volume, which brought the wonders of Suriname to Europe. Maria Merian’s Butterflies tells Merian’s story through her works in the Royal Collection, acquired by George III. Many are luxury versions of the plates of the Metamorphosis, partially printed and partially hand painted onto vellum by the artist herself.

  • Author: Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Royal Collection
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: April 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1909741317
  • Product Dimensions: 19.0 x 15.0 cm