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Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Pineapple with Cockroaches 1702-03

RCIN 921156

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Merian described the pineapple as ‘the most outstanding of all edible fruits’. She also remarked that cockroaches are ‘the most infamous of all insects in America on account of the great damage they cause to all the inhabitants by spoiling their wool, linen, food and drinks’.