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Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art & Science

Posted in Beaux Arts, Curiosa & Forteana, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Illustration, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on August 24th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia


Plates from Maria Sibylla Merian's Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, 1705 - click for details

The Getty is currently showing a beautiful exhibition titled Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters featuring female artists who - back in the days when being a female artist (let alone scientist!) earned you more disgust than respect - dared to blur the academic boundary between art and science and created works that still today resonate with knowledge, exactitude and timeless beauty.

If you've never seen a Merian tête-à-tête, this is a great chance to see how obsessive-compulsively composed and insanely detailed (has anyone ever attempted to count all the tiny baby ants in Merian's oeuvre, I wonder?) her scientific drawings really are.


Plates from Maria Sibylla Merian's Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, 1705 - click for details

Closing: Sunday, August 31, 2008

Address: The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90049, CA, USA | Directions | Map

Gallery hours: Tue - Thu / Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM, Fri - Sat: 10 AM - 9 PM

Admission: FREE!

Slideshow | Special events

Further reading: Maria Sibylla Merian and Daughters: Women of Art and Science (by Ella Reitsma) | Insects and Flowers: The Art of Maria Sibylla Merian (by David Brafman & Stephanie Schrader) | ... and for those on a budget (like me:) Maria Sibylla Merian: New Book of Flowers (Minis, by Melanie Klier)

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6 comments to " Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art & Science "

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    peacay says:

    Wish it was about 10,000km closer. Arader *seem* to have photos from the actual exhibition.
    Thanks for this...didn't know of the online presentation. I haven't seen a number of works in that Getty slideshow. Sublime. Can never be too much Merian!

    August 26th, 2008 at 1:49 am

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    Jessica says:

    Ooooh...it was sooo AMAZING!
    When we were in LA for Jared's show, we went to the Getty (with no idea what shows were up.) Low and behold, gorgeousness by Merian (whose biography I'm still chipping away at) AND a huge show of Jared's fave photographer, August Sander! Happy days!!!

    August 27th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I totally agree with you, peacay. Merian is a gift to the art world that keeps on giving. Thanks for the blog link, PK!

    @Jessica: Weeeee! I'm so happy for you two. I was blown away when I saw her originals at the Queen's Gallery in London at Sir David Attenborough's "Amazing Rare Things" exhibition. Geeeniiiiuuuus!

    August 30th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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