Maria Sibylla Merian, daughter of the German engraver and publisher, devoted herself to the study of European insects and there metamorphosis as a result of the wealth of tropical varieties being bought back by the dutch west indies Company.
Maria decided to visit the dutch colony of Surinam herself to study and paint the insect life there. She sailed with her daughter Dorothia in June 1699 from Amsterdam and remained in Surinam until 1701. Her work gave 'an unpresidented glimpse of the teaming insect life of tropical south america with gorgeous butterflies flying around luxuriant flowering fruit or plants'
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