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Merian-15 Morpho Menelaus & Pomegranate

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Merian-15 Morpho Menelaus & Pomegranate


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Morpho Menelaus & Pomegranate
  • Taken from the original editions
  • Printed in the original size
  • Age resisting white etching paper
  • Archival ink resisting fading for 100 years
  • Highest possible resolution

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Shipping costs unframed prints:

per order Rest of the World: USD $38

per order EU: USD $25

per order NL: USD $16



We offer a true quality nobody has; and for a price nobody is offering you for a comparable quality. This print was photographed using the latest technology, colour matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. A Museum Quality Limited Edition print, original size, signed, numbered and blind stamped. Indistinguishable form the original when glazed and framed.

Title of the print: Morpho Menelaus & Pomegranate

Prints publication: Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium

Author: Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 - 13 January 1713)

Prints Artist: Maria Sibylla Merian

Paper size: 48 x 34 cm

Edition: The edition will be limited to 150 prints, numbered 1/150 to 150/150, signed and stamped with a blind embossing.

Certificate of Authenticity: On demand

Original: In 1699 the city of Amsterdam sponsored Merian to travel to Surinam along with her younger daughter, Dorothea Maria.
Before departing, she wrote: In Holland, I noted with much astonishment what beautiful animals came from the East and West Indies. I was blessed with having been able to look at both the expensive collection of Doctor Nicolaas Witsen, mayor of Amsterdam and director of the East Indies society, and that of Mr. Jonas Witsen, secretary of Amsterdam. Moreover I also saw the collections of Mr. Fredericus Ruysch, doctor of medicine and professor of anatomy and botany, Mr. Livinus Vincent, and many other people. In these collections I had found innumerable other insects, but finally if here their origin and their reproduction is unknown, it begs the question as to how they transform, starting from caterpillars and chrysalises and so on. All this has, at the same time, led me to undertake a long dreamed of journey to Suriname. (foreword in Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium)
Merian worked in Surinam (which included what later became known as the French, Dutch and British Guianas) for two years, travelling around the colony and sketching local animals and plants. She also criticized the way Dutch planters treated Amerindian and black slaves. She recorded local native names for the plants and described local uses.
In 1701 malaria forced her to return to Netherlands. Back in the Netherlands she sold specimens she had collected and published a collection of engravings about the life in Surinam. In 1705 she published a book Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium about the insects of Surinam.

Source of the original : This Heritage Facsimile Edition print is made from an extremely well-preserved early museum original subscription which has been cared for in the hands of this one owner only – Teylers Museum (the oldest museum of the Netherlands).

Museum Quality: The proofs of our prints are carefully compared and corrected with the originals and the final prints always have the original size. As a result, the naked eye is unable to distinguish the originals from the facsimile prints behind glass.

Durability: To ensure the durability, our facsimiles are printed on 268 g/m acid-free white-edged paper with archive inks. Each facsimile has it all: every incredibly fine line detail of every lithographic plate or engraving; every delicate brushstroke of every original ; even the subtle signs of character and patina the paper shows after 150 years.