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Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Cassava root with Garden Tree Boa, Sphinx Moth and Treehopper


RCIN 921159

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A characteristic of Merian’s work is her fondness for extravagant curves and coils. Here the moth’s proboscis curls improbably, and the out-of-scale snake (which Merian admitted to have added only to complete the composition) arranges its tail in a similarly decorative manner.