Plate 11

Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Flower, 1705 (1705-1771)

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When Merian returned home from Suriname in 1701 she was suffering from malaria and mental exhaustion after two years of work in South America. She was not able to incise her own copperplates so the prints could be made for Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamesium, and entrusted this job to a talented team of engravers. They studied the watercolors Merian had completed in Suriname and created intaglio prints using a combination of etching and engraving, such as Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Flower. The images were then hand-colored following Merian's original watercolor. A large group of the original Suriname watercolors are held in the collection of the British Museum in London.

Details
Title
Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Flower
Artist Life
1647-1717
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.18,716
Provenance
Dwight and Helen Minnich, Minneapolis; sold to MIA, 1966.
Catalogue Raisonne
Nissen: 1342; Cat. Ger. Nat'l. Museum, 1967
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Plate 11