German botanical illustration

I'd never heard her name before until today's Google doodle. But what beautiful illustrations! And isn't it interesting how many Germans are into botany? Hmm. Is there some obvious reason I'm unaware of?
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A painting showing the metamorphosis of Thysania agrippina produced in 1705. 
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A plate taken from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium.

And this is the illustrator herself...Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717).
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Peace, love, and pupae!


  1. I know, so gorgeous. I'd never heard of her either. I'm obsessed with Mrs. Delany at the moment (reading her bio, looking at her art, wishing I had the Sybil Connelly-designed Tiffany china inspired by her.


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