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Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art & Science

by Suzanne on August 24th, 2008


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!

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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)