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Plate 70 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam

Close up of Plate 70 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam

A detailed engraving portrays a large, black and tan lizard in precise detail. Facing right and positioned in front of a gray rock, the reptile extends its red, forked tongue. The reptile curls its lengthy tail into an O-shape suspended decoratively above its scaly torso.

Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 70 (from "Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam", second edition), 1719; Hand-colored engraving on paper, 14 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay

Plate 70 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam
Maria Sibylla Merian

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Maria Sibylla Merian
  • Title

    Plate 70 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam
  • Date

    1719
  • Medium

    Hand-colored engraving on paper
  • Dimensions

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

    Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
  • On Display

    No