Sunday, October 16, 2005

A proto-feminist illustrator of Surinamese bugs

This has nothing to do with Bali, but I want you to know about Maria Sibylla Merian, a seventeenth-centry German woman who lived in Holland, and travelled, especially to Dutch Guiana (now Surinam), drawing, and then etching, exquisite botanical illustrations, infested with bugs. There is a hardback book titled "Merian" floating around relatively cheaply. I am going to buy one, cut it up, frame the bits, and hang them on the wall.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, this is from Merian's "Histoire des Insectes de l'Europe", but not from "Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium".

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