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Caligo Butterfly, Wasp & Acenthacae, plate 60 from “Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam)”

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Caligo Butterfly, Wasp & Acenthacae, plate 60 from “Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam)”

Artist: After Maria Sybilla Merian (German, 1647 - 1717)
Date: published in 1726 (3rd edition, 1771)
Medium: Engraving with hand-coloring on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 20 1/2 × 13 7/16 in. (52.1 × 34.1 cm.)
Plate: 13 × 9 5/8 in. (33 × 24.4 cm.)
Image: 12 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (32.7 x 24.1 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center's Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women through Bequest, 2003.335
Accession number: 2003.335
Classification: print
Copyright:Public Domain
Portfolio/Series“Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium” (Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam)
Published References"Maria Sibylla Merian, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium 1705-1771," Kenyon Oppenheimer, Chicago, 1999, cat. color ill.

METAMORPHOSIS OF THE INSECTS OF SURINAM, c.1771 (third edition)
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