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Plate 47 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam

Close up of Plate 47 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam

A detailed engraving features a grapevine bearing a cluster of plump, green grapes. Sprouting dark green leaves and curly-cue tendrils, the vine hosts two green caterpillars and two pupa. One large moth hovers in the upper right and another at the lower left.

Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 47 (from "Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam", second edition), 1719; Hand-colored engraving on paper, 20 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay

Plate 47 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam
Maria Sibylla Merian

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Maria Sibylla Merian
  • Title

    Plate 47 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam
  • Date

    1719
  • Medium

    Hand-colored engraving on paper
  • Dimensions

    20 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
  • On Display

    No