Plate 53

Blue Butterflies and Foliage, 1705-1771

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The butterfly shown resting and in flight is the Morpho menelaus (Linnaeus), a species Merian described as a "…most beautiful butterfly…looking like polished silver overlaid with the loveliest ultramarine, green and purple, and indescribably beautiful; its beauty cannot be rendered with the paint-brush."

Blue Butterflies and Foliage
Artist Life
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Nissen: 1342; Cat. Ger. Nat'l Museum, 1967
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Plate 53