Maria Sibylla Merian and Natural History

Who Is Maria Sibylla Merian? Artist, scientist, businesswoman, mother, and rule breaker extraordinaire – there is no doubt that Maria Sibylla Merian’s life story is filled with astonishing accomplishments. This German-born artist, botanist, naturalist, entomologist, and scientific illustrator lived during the 1700s in the Netherlands, where adherence to the guild system in Europe prevented women…

Maria Sibylla Merian: Illustrated Understanding by Devi Norton

Recently, there is conversation in our office about the importance of hand drawing, more specifically, the ability to understand the environment around us through its practice. I have always been fascinated by scientific illustrations as they seem to portray the quest for understanding told through rendering. One illustrator and naturalist that uniquely displays this is […]….