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Event Date: 1st Jun 2016 | 10:00
Maria Sibylla Merian’s Butterflies at The Queen’s Gallery
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
In its exhibition dedicated to German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace is showing luxury versions of the plates from Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname). During her stay in Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana) in South America from 1699 to 1701, Frankfurt-born Merian studied the flora and fauna she encountered, leading to the publication of the Metamorphosis – which today is her most famous work. Especially her observations of the metamorphosis of butterflies served as an important contribution to modern entomology. The exhibition Maria Merian's Butterflies shows partially printed and partially hand-painted plates that were acquired by George III and are now part of the Royal Collection. Until 9 October 2016.