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Maria Sibylla Merian



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Project title: 
Maria Sibylla Merian and the Strategies of Visualisation of Natural Scientific Knowledge
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Maria Sibylla Merian


The research project includes a variety of topics: Merian’s methods of researching butterflies, from the scientific empirism to Merian’s invention of the visualisation of knowledge; the production of knowledge; scientific research of other scientists and artists in the 17th century and their strategies of visualisation of knowledge; the international trade connected to the discovery of the new world; the function of universal collections and cabinets of “naturalia” in Germany, the Netherlands and England.


Prof. Dr. Kurt Wengl, Frankfurt, in cooperation with Dr. Katharina Schmidt-Loske


Contact person

Head of Biohistoricum
+49 228 9122-269
+49 228 9122-212
K.Schmidt-Loske [at]