A couple of days ago, I followed a Google Doodle and discovered the scientific illustrations of Maria Sibylla Merian. I immediately decided that they were perfect for The Garden.
An artist and a naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian traveled to Suriname in South America in 1699. The trip was sponsored by the city of Amsterdam. Remarkably for the time, Maria traveled with her young daughter, but with no male companion (gasp!). In 1705, she published a book about the insect life of Suriname, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the first naturalists to draw insects from direct study.
Here is some of Maria's work (not all are from Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium).
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All images are public domain. Information cheerfully stolen from The Book of All Knowledge (Wikipedia).