Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I just discovered this book in the Bargain section at Barnes & Noble for 15 bucks:

It's called INSECTS OF SURINAM and they're color plates done by a woman called Maria Sabylla Merian. She lived from 1647-1717. I was shocked by these dates! Apparently it wasn't very lady-like to draw insects, which were considered "unclean vermin." But Maria drew them in the name of religion, saying that they were all God's creatures. I can't find the plate where she describes the bumps in a caterpillar like rosary beads. She travelled and was quite adventurous. She was determined to depict the insects and plants with great accuracy, when others did not. This was valuable information. I've only started to delve into this book but I recommend checking it out!

1 comment:

  1. I have this book, too! I love the illustrations and I keep envisioning them covering the walls in my office. Wouldn't her work make AMAZING wallpaper?