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Author: Ella Reitsma; Sandrine A Ulenberg; Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands); J. Paul Getty Museum.
Publisher: Amsterdam : Rembrandt House Museum ; Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum ; Zwolle : Waanders, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With a single hair of the brush, Maria Sibylla Merian could convey the delicate wings of a butterfly, the minute bristles on a caterpillar, or a gleaming pupa with the insect just emerging. No other artist of her day could rival the brilliance and accuracy of her work. Queen Elizabeth II and the British Museum in London own many splendid works - reproduced in this book - by this German artist. Born in 1647 in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Collected biographies
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Reitsma, Ella.
Maria Sibylla Merian & daughters.
Amsterdam : Rembrandt House Museum ; Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum ; Zwolle : Waanders, 2008
(OCoLC)609343430
Named Person: Maria Sibylla Merian; Merian family; Maria Sibylla Merian; Dorothea Maria Henriette Merian; Johanna Helena Herold; Maria Sibylla Merian; Johanna Helena Herold; Dorothea Maria Henriette Merian; Merian family.; Maria Sibylla Merian; Maria Sibylla Merian; Maria Sibylla Merian
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ella Reitsma; Sandrine A Ulenberg; Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands); J. Paul Getty Museum.
ISBN: 9780892369386 0892369388 9780892369379 089236937X 9789040084591 9040084599
OCLC Number: 230728963
Notes: Published to accompany an exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam, Feb. 23-May 18, 2008, and at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Jun. 10-Aug. 31, 2008.
Description: 263 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Esteemed art-loving reader ; Preface --
An exceptional life ; A bird's-eye view --
Early fame ; Frankfurt and Nuremberg --
Beauty in miniature ; Florilegia and caterpillar books --
Religious vocation ; Prayer and research --
The family firm ; Amsterdam --
Daughters ; Working Methods --
Suriname ; 'A hot, wet land' --
Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium ; Three different 'hands' --
Paramaribo and St Petersburg ; Conclusion --
Scientific names of the plants and animals.
Other Titles: Maria Sibylla Merian & dochters.
Maria Sibylla Merian and daughters
Responsibility: Ella Reitsma ; assisted by Sandrine Ulenberg ; [translation, Lynne Richards].

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"With a single hair of the brush, Maria Sibylla Merian could convey the delicate wings of a butterfly, the minute bristles on a caterpillar, or a gleaming pupa with the insect just emerging. No other artist of her day could rival the brilliance and accuracy of her work. Queen Elizabeth II and the British Museum in London own many splendid works - reproduced in this book - by this German artist. Born in 1647 in Frankfurt, then the center of the publishing trade, Merian spent more than twenty-five years of her life in Amsterdam, where she died in 1717. Acknowledged and respected by artists and scientists alike, Maria Sibylla was a strong-minded, adventurous woman who, at the age of fifty-two, traveled to Suriname with her younger daughter to observe and draw insects, reptiles, and amphibians." "Ella Reitsma is the first to endeavour to distinguish between the hands of Maria Sibylla and her two daughters, Johanna Helena and Dorothea Maria. The author's research suggests that the two young women collaborated closely with their mother in the family business. Ella Reitsma has identified some of Merian's previously unknown contacts and connections, discovered new drawings, and unearthed new biographical information. The book, a lively and very readable blend of art journalism and science, is being published in conjunction with an exhibition of the work of Merian and her daughters at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles."--Jacket.

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