Butterflies and Passion - Maria Sibylla Merian’s lifework
  • Butterflies and Passion - Maria Sibylla Merian’s lifework

Butterflies and Passion - Maria Sibylla Merian’s lifework

Where does the name tarantula (bird spider) come from? In 1758, Carl von Linné names the spider „Aranea avicularia“ and refers to the scientist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). She observes and draws these impressive animals on her research trip to Suriname.

Who is Maria Sibylla Merian ? Based on four of her magnificent books this richly illustrated publication, accompanying an exhibition at the Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri, offers insight into the life and work of this remarkable woman.

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> Chronos publication

A Chronos publication - Editor: Dr. Franz Käppeli - August 2017

Authors

Beatrice Green-Pedrazzini
studied interior architecture in London and is project manager and co-curator of the exhibitions at the Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri.


Iris Ritzmann
lectures at Zürich University, is an independent scholar and co-curator at the Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri.

Anja Thor
studied architecture in Weimar and Graz, she is co-curator of the exhibition on Maria Sibylla Merian at the Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri.

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