HOME & GARDEN
June 26, 2008 |
GARDENERS know they're never alone. Visitors arrive nonstop, by land and by air. Birds, bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, snails, snakes, lizards, mice, frogs. Maria Sibylla Merian painted them all -- and at a time when no one knew exactly what many of these creatures were, or what to call them. Her 300-year-old illustrations and some actual insect specimens that inspired them are on view in a new exhibition, "Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science," at the Getty Center.