Maria Sibylla Merian


Maria Sibylla Merian was a true artist. And her work considers to be the foundation for Entomology, the science of insects.

However, Maria is only one of many women in science that are still unknown to the public for her significant work.

Yet Mrs Merian left her vivid artwork to remind us of her contribution to science, even if we have still failed to recognise it.

Art and nature shall always be wrestling until they eventually conquer one another so that the victory is the same stroke and line: that which is conquered, conquers at the same time.

Maria Sibylla Merian

For her whole life, she made it her purpose to capture wildlife on paper, turning her focus to insects and mainly to butterflies

From a young age, she wanted her art to illustrate nature and its habitat, like an instant recording, as well as a photograph does.

That is why her work is recording nature as we do in natural sciences. 

So in this episode, we dive deep into the history of the 1600s and 1700s to learn the life story of Mrs Merian.

Learning about her incredible journey towards the final version of her illustrations shows us how nature is.

In my youth, I spent my time investigating insects.

Maria Sibylla Merian

Did you know anything about Maria’s life and work? What about after this episode? 

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With love…for science,


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