Most of these masterpieces have not been previously exhibited in United States; 52 watercolors and 28 rare volumes of Merian’s published work including the Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium are on display in four galleries. Read more about Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science.
Getty Museum is beautifully located and it is easy to access. There is no entrance fee (parking is $8 dollars), while checking the directions and opening hours, please note that the museum IS closed on Mondays.
(on the left: Wooly-haired Megalopygio Caterpiller from Metamorphosis)
(Please see also the earlier blog entry about this exhibit in the Netherlands)
From the exhibit catalog: With a single hair of the brush, Maria Sibylla Merian could convey the delicate wings of a butterfly, the minute bristles on a caterpillar, or a gleaming pupa with the insect just emerging. No other artist of her day could rival the brilliance and accuracy of her work (Ella Reitsma).