Maria Merian's Butterflies

This exhibition tells the story of artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian through her works in the Royal Collection. Over 300 years after they were made, these meticulous works celebrate a woman whose art and story are enduringly popular.
, 'Branch of Duroia eriopila with Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly,' 1702-1703, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Branch of Duroia eriopila with Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly, 1702-1703

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Still life with flowers tied at the stems,' ca. 1705, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Still life with flowers tied at the stems, ca. 1705

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Still life with fruit and Blue-Backed Manakin,' ca. 1705, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Still life with fruit and Blue-Backed Manakin, ca. 1705

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Ripe Pineapple with Dido Longwing Butterfly,' 1702-1703, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Ripe Pineapple with Dido Longwing Butterfly, 1702-1703

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Grape Vine with Gaudy Sphinx Moth,' 1702-1703, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Grape Vine with Gaudy Sphinx Moth, 1702-1703

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Frangipani plant with Red Cracker Butterfly,' 1702-1703, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Frangipani plant with Red Cracker Butterfly, 1702-1703

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Water Hyacinth with Marbled or Veined Tree-Frogs and Giant Water-Bugs,' 1702-1703, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Water Hyacinth with Marbled or Veined Tree-Frogs and Giant Water-Bugs, 1702-1703

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Marsh Marigold with the life stages of a frog,' 1705-1710, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Marsh Marigold with the life stages of a frog, 1705-1710

Royal Collection Trust

, 'Branch of West Indian Cherry with Achilles Morpho Butterfly ,' 1702-1703, Royal Collection Trust

Maria Sibylla Merian

Branch of West Indian Cherry with Achilles Morpho Butterfly , 1702-1703

Royal Collection Trust