Tuesday, April 2, 2013

maria sibylla merian: naturalist, scientific illustrator, entomologist

Born on April 2, 1647, Maria Sibylla Merian was honored today with a Google Doodle. And that is how I discovered her delicate illustrations, and read up on her career as a naturalist. Maria is considered one of the most important contributors to the field of entomology.

My image research in the naturalist world lead me to the dissection of a plant shown below (not one of Maria’s). I just love this kind of detailed scientific diagram: