Friday, March 7, 2008

Upcoming Maria Sibylla Merian Exhibition at The Getty Museum

Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science
June 10–August 31, 2008

Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647–1717) was a pioneering woman of art, science, and business. She was an accomplished painter of flowers and insects and an entomologist from an early age. In her fifties, she traveled to Suriname, then a Dutch colony in South America, to study extraordinary insects first hand. Working with her two daughters, Merian made and produced one of the greatest illustrated natural history books of all time, The Insects of Surinam. This exhibition introduces Maria Sibylla Merian to American audiences and focuses on natural history illustration, which is one of the most accessible and engaging art forms. Co-organized by the Museum Het Rembrandthuis and the J. Paul Getty Museum, the exhibition travels to Los Angeles after its presentation in Amsterdam and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit

Arader Galleries carries an extraordinary collection of original watercolors and engravings by Maria Sybilla Merian, such as the watercolor transfer print of the papaya pictured above. Please contact us if you would like more information on our collection.

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