South American smallhead worm lizard, iguana or East Indian tree lizard and pipefish, Maria Sibylla Merian, Maria Sibylla Merian  workshop ?
Maria Sibylla Merian, Maria Sibylla Merian
South American smallhead worm lizard, iguana or East Indian tree lizard and pipefish
DE
Back to top

Maria Sibylla Merian
Maria Sibylla Merian workshop ?

South American smallhead worm lizard, iguana or East Indian tree lizard and pipefish, after 1701


Blatt
410 x 299 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour over black chalk or charcoal on vellum, framed on all sides with a line in pen and brown ink
Inventory Number
1492
Object Number
1492 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817 from the Johann Georg Grambs Collection
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

When she returned from her two-year expedition to Surinam in South America from 1699 to 1701, Maria Sibylla Merian brought a large number of preserved animal specimens with her – not just insects, but also reptiles and amphibians. She was able to sell them – there was widespread interest among the collectors of such objects in Amsterdam –, but they also served her as models for gouache drawings, for example Obj. No. 1492 Z. Her daughters may also have collaborated on these drawings. The significance of the stars surrounding the pipefish has yet to be explained.

Video

  • Maria Sibylla Merian. Künstlerin und Forscherin aus Frankfurt
    Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) zählt sowohl zu den bedeutendsten Naturforscherinnen als auch zu den namhaftesten Künstlerinnen ihrer Zeit. Maria Sibylla Merian fasziniert nicht nur mit ihren meisterhaft ausgeführten Blumenzeichnungen, sondern gleichermaßen durch ihre Biografie, die von ihrem Behauptungswillen als Frau in einer patriarchisch geprägten Gesellschaft zeugt. 2017 jährte sich der Todestag der gebürtigen Frankfurterin zum 300. Mal. Aus diesem Anlass präsentiert das Städel Museum vom 11. Oktober 2017 bis zum 14. Januar 2018 die Sonderausstellung „Maria Sibylla Merian und die Tradition des Blumenbildes“. Mehr Informationen zur Ausstellung: http://www.staedelmuseum.de/de/maria-sibylla-merian#yt Mehr über Maria Sibylla Merian ist in der Biografie "Maria Sibylla Merian: Künstlerin – Forscherin – Geschäftsfrau. Eine Biographie" von Barbara Beuys nachzulesen: http://www.suhrkamp.de/buecher/maria_sibylla_merian-barbara_beuys_36180.html

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
South American smallhead worm lizard, iguana or East Indian tree lizard and pipefish
Draughtsman
Production Place
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour over black chalk or charcoal on vellum, framed on all sides with a line in pen and brown ink
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817 from the Johann Georg Grambs Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)

More to discover

Contact

Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last update

02.12.2020