Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Europe Pl. LIV
The amazing Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Europe Pl. LIV was produced in 1730. Merian’s trasformations of insects were revolutionary in her day. These are lovely of old water colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid linen rag. They are small, measuring about 7 x 8 1/4″ each.
Insect Prints: Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Europe Pl. LIV. Rare Hand Colored Copper Plate Engravings on Rag. Published 1730. This AMAZING work on European Entomology was published in Amsterdam in 1730. Maria Sybilla Merian was the first person, let alone a pioneering woman, to explain through these stunning illustrations, the transformation stages of butterflies, moths and other insects. Her work on butterflies and moths on Insects of Europe was revolutionary, changing Medieval thought forever. This incredible woman lead this significant discovery, and to proved the stages of the transformation to the male dominated world of science. Up to this time, it was thought that butterflies were birthed from various sources, rather than cocoon or pupa. She was enthralled with insects at a very young age. She collected insects and studied them. She was not allowed to work in oils as a woman (only men were permitted) she worked in water color. These insect prints are highly detailed. A huge influence on her life passion for creating these remarkable insect prints: her step father was a publisher!
Insect Prints Showing Butterfly Transformations & Metamorphoses
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Europe Pl. LIV. This old insect print is a rare hand colored (water colored) copper plate engraving on hand made rag paper. Buy now or call 413-245-4197.