Monday, March 24, 2008

I love Entomology (?)

In the seventeenth century, many scientists believed that butterflies spontaneously generated from warm mud. It was through art and illustration that many of these original theories were proven wrong. Maria Sibylla Merian, born in 1647 by German florists, was a painter and nature enthusiast. She was one of the first to capture the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to butterfly on the canvas. Eventually, she taught her daughters her craft and they became some of the most remarkable naturalists of their generation.Their work is displayed at a new show, Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Woman of Art and Science in the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam. Not going to Holland anytime soon, the show will be at the Getty House in L.A. in June.

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