Cacao  - Vintage Botanical Poster

Cacao by Maria Sibylla Merian

"Cacao" is an illustration created by Maria Sibylla Merian and remains is a remarkable work of Surinam Entomology. Published in Amsterdam in 1730 the original illustration is a Rare Hand Coloured Copper Plate Engraving.

The Cocoa Tree is gourd-like plant that bears yellow lumpy fruit, this illustration is entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects..'; and includes examples of pupa, caterpillar, chrysalis, and moth, depicting the life cycle of the insect Watercolour, touched with pen and grey ink, over black chalk, on vellum.

Maria Sibylla Merian was a Naturalist, an Entymologist and a Botanical Illustrator and is rated as being one of the greatest botanical artists. She is best known for her illustrations of plants and insects that she made from her expeditions to the tropical country of Suriname on the north eastern coast of South America. Her skilful observation and research combined with her artistic talents was a window into the world of 18th century science.

Maria Sibylla suffered a stroke in 1715 and as a result was partially paralysed. She died in Amsterdam on January 13, 1717 and on the day of her death a large number of her paintings were sold to a representative of Peter the Great for his new natural history collection in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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  • The 'Cocoa' Poster is a reproduction of a Rare Hand Coloured Copper Plate Engraving.
  • This poster is digitally printed on high quality paper with vivid colour and exceptional detail.
  • We use Australia Post and your print will be delivered in a postage tube for extra protection.
  • Our online images are electronically watermarked, the actual purchased prints are not.

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Botanical Poster - Cocoa, Maria Sibylla Merian

  • Designer: Vintage Botanical
  • Product Code: VBP-114 - Cacau - Maria Sibylla Merian 1705
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  • $15.50


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