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Plate 5 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam

Close up of Plate 5 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam

A detailed engraving shows a brown snake entwined with a plant stalk bearing insect-nibbled, pinwheel-shaped green leaves and yellow bulbs at the roots, which support a pupa. A black, red, and yellow caterpillar sits on a stem, and a brown and gray moth hovers in the upper right.

Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 5 (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; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Plate 5 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam
Maria Sibylla Merian

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Maria Sibylla Merian
  • Title

    Plate 5 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
  • Photo Credit

    Lee Stalsworth
  • On Display

    No