Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer Review

In 1660, at the age of thirteen, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) began her study of butterfly metamorphosis—years before any other scientist published an accurate description of the process. Later, Merian and her daughter ventured thousands of miles from their home in the Netherlands to the rainforests of South America seeking new and amazing insects to observe and illustrate.  
 
Years after her death, Merian’s accurate and beautiful illustrations were used by scientists, including Carl Linnaeus, to classify species, and today her prints and paintings are prized by museums around the world. More than a dozen species of plants and animals are named after Merian.  
 
The first Merian biography written for ages 10 and up, this book will enchant budding scientists and artists alike. Readers will be inspired by Merian’s talent, curiosity, and grit and will be swept up in the story of her life, which was adventurous even by today’s standards.  
 
With its lively text, quotations from Merian’s own study book, and fascinating sidebars on history, art, and science, this volume is an ideal STEAM title for readers of all ages and interests.

Title:Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

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  • Nostalgia Reader

    A gorgeous book about a woman who was way ahead of her time in the fields of entomology and scientific art/illustrations.I had heard about Maria Merian a couple of times before I saw this book–most ...

  • Storyheart

    I enjoyed this gorgeously illustrated and clearly written biography of the 17th century scientist, artist and explorer Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the greatest botanical artists of all time.Aimed at ...

  • Laura (Book Scrounger)

    I had never heard of Maria Sibylla Merian before, so this was a very interesting intoduction to her life and work. Merian was born in Germany in 1647, and spent her later life in Amsterdam, Holland. T...

  • Cassandra

    This book is beautiful! The biography was very interesting also, but the images were what really made me like this book so very much! I love that this was written for ages 10+. I plan on having my 11-...

  • Joanne

    First - a disclosure, I won this book from Goodreads in return for an honest review.When I took the book out of the packaging my first thought was "Wow!" Just the cover is gorgeous. The hardbound book...

  • Marzie

    Maria Sibylla Merian was a 17th Century German entomologist and artist who had profound effects on the idea of studying insects directly, or in situ, including through their metamorphoses. The daughte...

  • Becky B

    A biography of artist Maria Sibylla Merian, born in 1647, showing how she developed a scientific study of insects and other creatures centuries ahead of her time that provided groundbreaking knowledge...

  • Den

    I am reviewing this book for Sarah B. Pomeroy, Jeyaraney Kathirithamby, Getty Publishers, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review. Never heard of this great woman but this ...

  • Sarah

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating biography which includes many of Merian’s paintings and also writings from her journals and books. Merian was an interesting person, and her accomplishments wer...

  • Gaby F.

    What a fascinating biography: When I saw the intricate drawings of flowers and butterflies in all stages of their life cycle, I knew I had seen prints of them before. I just did not know who made them...