Pineapple Flower with Insects, 1705-1771

Not on Viewexpand_more

Maria Sibylla Merian was a highly independent woman with a scientific mindset and a gift for drawing. She left her husband and moved to Holland, where she became fascinated by the exotic creatures that arriving from its far-flung trade routes. In 1699, the city of Amsterdam sponsored her voyage to the colony of Surinam so that she could study its natural bounty. After malaria forced her to return home, she published magnificent illustrations of insects and their habitat.

Pineapple Flower with Insects
Artist Life
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Nissen: 1342; Cat. Ger. Nat'l. Museum, 1967
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Zoom in on the left to the detail you'd like to save. Click 'Save detail' and wait until the image updates. Right click the image to 'save image as' or copy link, or click the image to open in a new tab.

No Image Available