Discover the life of Maria Sibylla Merian
Before Humboldt, Darwin, Audubon or Brown, another voyage of scientific exploration was undertaken. In 1699 Maria Sibylla Merian, an artist by training and a naturalist by curiosity, sailed from Europe to South America. She abandoned her husband, and defied the conventions her 17th century world had of women.
Merian studied insects and the plants they lived on for most of her life. Her artistic talent and personal courage and vision, propelled her from the humdrum of a 17th century female’s life and produced her monumental work, ‘Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam’. Her meticulous observations made her one of the first to describe the natural phenomenon of metamorphosis which had long been the source of speculation, intrigue and even religious awe.
Learn more about this remarkable woman at this intimate talk.
Monday 22 Aug 22, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free with your Fleurs de Villes FEMMES exhibition ticket. Book your exhibition ticket to the corresponding time. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your session time to register for Jardin Talk or Walk.
Presented by: Miguel Garcia, Librarian
Capacity: 60 guests