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‘The Life of Man Is like unto a Flower'. The Life and Work of Maria Sibylla Merian
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‘The Life of Man Is like unto a Flower'. The Life and Work of Maria Sibylla Merian

(Heidrun Ludwig) The Low Countries - 1996, № 4, pp. 191-197

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Maria Sibylla Merian, who was born in 1647 in Frankfurt am Main and died in 1717 in Amsterdam, is among the most famous women in European history. Her interest to scholars and scientists is threefold, for the history of science as an entomologist, for art history as a painter of flowers and insects, and for historiography as a woman who led an extraordinary life. How did Merian, as a woman, manageto gain such widespread recognition during her own lifetime? Her work and her biography contain numerous indications of a remarkable career around the year 1700.

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