Searching for Sibylla: the Life of Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian, Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium, publ. 1705 (© Flickr/Biodiversity Heritage Library)

For her time Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was a modern, daring, scandalous, divorced woman who lived in a cloister and at age 52 went off to Dutch Surinam to fulfill her calling as a painter and naturalist, building a bridge between science and art. Her “Metamorphosis of Insects in Surinam” has been a major influence on both entomology and on naturalist illustration.

Presented and produced by Chris Chambers

This program was first broadcast Jan 21, 2004