It’s almost 217 Years Maria Sibylla Merian left the World but one can’t forget what she had done & that is the reason why Google doodle today is celebrating the 366th birth anniversary of German naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian.
Google search engine logo has been transformed into an colorful image incorporating plants and animals which form the word google.The doodle by Google shows butterfly, caterpillars, cocoon, Lizard and insects that are painted.
Maria Sibylla Merian was born on 2 April 1647 in Frankfurt , with the encouragement of her Step Father Jacob Marrel who is a still life painter, Merian started to draw and paint. At the age of thirteen Merian painted her first images of insects and plants from specimens she had captured.
Short Bio of Merian :
Maria Sibylla Merian was a well known German naturalist and scientific illustrator who studied plants and insects and made detailed paintings about them.
Maria Sibylla Merian is best known for her contributions to the field of entomology due to her detailed observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
In 1705 she published a book Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium about the insects of Suriname.In 1715 Merian suffered a stroke and was partially paralysed. She continued her work, but the disease probably affected her ability to work. A later registry lists her as a pauper.
She self-published her first book on illustrations Neues Blumenbuch (New book of flowers) in three parts of 12 drawings each from 1675-80.
Maria Sibylla Merian died in Amsterdam on 13 January 1717. Her daughter Dorothea published Erucarum Ortus Alimentum et Paradoxa Metamorphosis, a collection of her mother’s work, posthumously.
Maria Sibylla Merian portrait was printed on the 500 DM note before Germany converted to the euro. Her portrait even appeared on a 0.40 DM stamp, released on September 17, 1987, and many schools are named after her.
In 2005, a modern research vessel named Maria S. Merian was launched at Warnemünde, Germany.