A Butterfly Journey by Boris Friedewald
Maria Sibylla Merian. Artist and Scientist

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The amazing story of the life and work of the renowned botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian is told alongside her beautiful illustrations of butterflies in this charming and elegant book. A woman ahead of her time, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was
an intrepid explorer, naturalist, scholar, as well as a magnificent
artist. This lovely, impeccably designed book tells Merian's
incredible life story alongside colorful reproductions of her
engravings and watercolors of the butterflies she encountered
during her lifetime in Germany and the Netherlands, and her
seminal trip to the Dutch colony of Surinam. The book recounts
Merian's monumental expedition, her work as an advocate for
the slave laborers of Surinam, and her important studies of the
anatomy and life cycle of the butterfly. Author Boris Friedewald
employs Merian's favorite insect as a metaphor for the artist's
own pioneering evolution from budding entomologist to
educator, activist, and artist. A visual treasure as well as a
satisfying read, this exquisite volume is the perfect gift for
anyone interested in Merian's amazing life and groundbreaking
body of work.
 

About Boris Friedewald

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BORIS FRIEDEWALD is an art historian, playwright, and the author of Bauhaus (Prestel). He lives in Berlin.
 
Published July 16, 2015 by Prestel. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography.

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This exquisite little book is graced with 71 illustrations, almost all in color, about German-born naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717). Friedewald is a German art historian and author of wide-ranging publications, including a book on Paul Klee. The author's attractive art depic...

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