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Butterfly Journey : Maria Sibylla Merian. Artist and Scientist (Hardcover) (Boris Friedewald)
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The amazing story of the life and work of the renowned botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian is told alongside her beautiful illustrations of butterflies in this charming and elegant book. A woman ahead of her time, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) wasan intrepid explorer, naturalist, scholar, as well as a magnificentartist. This lovely, impeccably designed book tells Merian'sincredible life story alongside colorful reproductions of herengravings and watercolors of the butterflies she encounteredduring her lifetime in Germany and the Netherlands, and herseminal trip to the Dutch colony of Surinam. The book recountsMerian's monumental expedition, her work as an advocate forthe slave laborers of Surinam, and her important studies of theanatomy and life cycle of the butterfly. Author Boris Friedewaldemploys Merian's favorite insect as a metaphor for the artist'sown pioneering evolution from budding entomologist toeducator, activist, and artist. A visual treasure as well as asatisfying read, this exquisite volume is the perfect gift foranyone interested in Merian's amazing life and groundbreakingbody of work.