Maria Sibylla Merian Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

Maria Sibylla Merian

Artist, Scientist, Adventurer


Price: $21.95

  • Publication Date: February 13, 2018
  • Imprint: Getty Publications
  • Trim Size: 8.5 x 10
  • ISBN: 9781947440012
  • Page Count: 96
  • Illustrations: 130 color illustrations
  • Rights: North America

A 2018 Moonbeam Children's Books Gold Award Winner!

In 1660, at the age of thirteen, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) began her study of butterfly metamorphosis—years before any other scientist published an accurate description of the process. Later, Merian and her daughter ventured thousands of miles from their home in the Netherlands to the rainforests of South America seeking new and amazing insects to observe and illustrate.

Years after her death, Merian’s accurate and beautiful illustrations were used by scientists, including Carl Linnaeus, to classify species, and today her prints and paintings are prized by museums around the world. More than a dozen species of plants and animals are named after Merian.

The first Merian biography written for ages 10 and up, this book will enchant budding scientists and artists alike. Readers will be inspired by Merian’s talent, curiosity, and grit and will be swept up in the story of her life, which was adventurous even by today’s standards.

With its lively text, quotations from Merian’s own study book, and fascinating sidebars on history, art, and science, this volume is an ideal STEAM title for readers of all ages and interests.


“A highly readable and informative biography." 
Principal Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, Madeline J. Bryant
"Young readers will be inspired by Merian's talent, curiosity, and grit as they become swept up in the story of her life . . . With its lively text, beautiful illustrations, quotations from Merian's own study book, and fascinating sidebars on history, art, and science, "Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer" is an extraordinary and very highly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library biography collections for children."
Midwest Book Review
"A visually stunning, well-researched biography of a woman artist and scientist."
School Library Journal

About the authors

Sarah B. Pomeroy is Distinguished Professor of Classics and History, Emerita, at Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.  She is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of Women’s History and has changed the paradigm in the field of Classical Studies. Her many publications about Greek and Roman women and ancient history include Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity; Women in Hellenistic Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra; Xenophon Oeconomicus: A Social and Historical Commentary; Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece: Representations and Realities; Spartan Women; The Murder of Regilla. A Case of Domestic Violence in Antiquity; and Pythagorean Women: Their Lives and Their Writing. Her books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, and Chinese. Professor Pomeroy has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is an Honorary Fellow of St. Hilda’s College, the University of Oxford, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, and has lectured all over the world, from Alexandria to Australia. She wrote this book for her seven grandchildren.
Jeyaraney Kathirithamby was a Rhodes Visiting Fellow and is an entomologist at the Department of Zoology and St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. She is the world authority on the entomophagous parasitoid Strepsiptera and has traveled to Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Europe, and North and South America for collection of material. She has published over 100 scientific papers, and in collaboration with her husband, Malcolm Davies, she has written a book, Greek Insects.