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 Maria Sibylla Merian  (1647 - 1717)

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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: nature engravings-botany and zoology

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BIOGRAPHY for Maria Merian
1647 (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
1717 (Amsterdam, Holland)


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nature engravings-botany and zoology

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Born to a famous Swiss publisher, Matthaqus Merian the Elder, in Frankfurt, Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian was a talented and well-traveled artist, who became for her engravings of the natural world.  Her works were purchased and displayed by Peter The Great, Tzar of Russia.

Her father died when she was three years old, and her mother married Jacob Marell, a Flemish flower painter who became one of Maria Merian's first teachers.  She had shown talent for drawing and pain (showing 500 of 2750 characters).

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