Education, Skills and Learning

Hidden women of history: Maria Sibylla Merian, 17th-century entomologist and scientific adventurer

A colour portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by Dutch artist Jacobus Houbraken, circa 1700. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Tanya Latty

Senior Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, , University of Sydney

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An image from Merian’s book Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium. Image: Wikimedia Commons
In Surinam with her daughterA 17th-century portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by an unknown artist. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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Maria Sibylla Merian, illuminated copper-engraving from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, Plate XXIII.Solanum mammosum1705. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Colored copper engraving from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, Plate XLIII. ‘Spiders, ants and hummingbird on a branch of a guava’. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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