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trafford
03-01-2014, 07:23 AM
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MARIA SIBYLLA MERIAN-1647-1717

GERMAN BORN NATURALIST AND SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATOR

I always seem to think of women artists of the past as hiding away somewhere painting in secret...while their fellow male artists were out there reaping all the glory. I am finding that this is untrue. That a lot of women artists were recognized and Maria Sibylla is a good example.

Maria painted her first images of insects and plants when she was fifteen years old and went on to have a book published when she was twenty eight. She became famous with Metamorphosis Insectyorium Surinamensium in 1705.

She is considered to be among the most significant contributors to the field of Entomology.

Here are some images of her work from Google:

https://www.google.com/search?q=maria+sibylla+merian&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=gC8OU_uQIdPisASZrIGYBQ&ved

and

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2014/42757-merian_1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2014/42757-merian_2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2014/42757-merian_3.jpg

trafford
03-01-2014, 07:29 AM
More Merian:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2014/42757-merian_4.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2014/42757-merian_5.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2014/42757-merian_6.jpg

Please give this artist a look and copy some of her work or do a study of your won.

More links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Sibylla_Merian

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/amazingrarethings/maker.asp?exhibs=ARTmerian

trafford
03-01-2014, 07:34 AM
Forgot this beautiful video with music by Handel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCfOQF0nAXo

artbyjune
03-01-2014, 12:35 PM
Interesting artist, Janet. I like her scientific illustrations. I am keen to try out painting some 'bugs' on flowers. I'll go and look at the video.

brianvds
03-02-2014, 08:20 AM
Magnificent art work. It is interesting that many women at the time specialized in things like natural history illustration or still life, simply because they were denied an academic art education (What!? Women drawing nudes!? Oh, the horror!).

But they ended up often doing more interesting work than their male peers, who, with a few notable exceptions, created the most drearily vulgar body of work imaginable. One giant canvas after the other, filled with nymphs and gods and ancient history.

Give me attractively painted plants and insects any time.

azulparsnip
03-03-2014, 03:23 PM
Wow, Gorgeous work!!!! LOVE IT!!!

azulparsnip
03-12-2014, 01:05 PM
ink and watercolorhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2014/88676-sec.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2014/88676-afterm.gif

really enjoyed doing this….hope to do some more

trafford
03-13-2014, 06:13 AM
Good stuff, Robin. Love the little crawly creatures. The second one is very whimsical. I really like this form of art.

A movie came out some time ago "Angels and Insects" from a book by Byath and they had wonderful insect drawings in it. I'm still trying to find out who did them. For some reason when I look at this type of drawing I think of the word concentration, don't ask me why. :heart: