A Curious Performance: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Art of Natural History

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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FOUNDER'S DAY 18:00–19:00 Friday 1 December 2017

In 1699, Maria Sibylla Merian sold the contents of her Amsterdam studio and boarded a boat for South America. Along with her daughter, she was setting sail for Suriname, where she would spend two years carrying out fieldwork on the wildlife of the region. Merian was already a well-regarded writer on European insects, but her pioneering research in South America won her fame across Europe in her lifetime, and has ensured her lasting renown in both scientific and artistic circles. Drawing on the important collection of works by Merian in the Royal Collection, Kate Heard will explore the life and impact of this most extraordinary artist and naturalist.

Kate Heard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. Her exhibitions include Maria Merian's Butterflies and High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of the History of Collections.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.

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