Scott A. Sant'Angelo is founder and owner of Arkitip, Inc., a contemporary fine art publisher. He is also a prominent photographer, curator, gallerist, and marketing consultant in the world of art that he serves. Arkitip.com
Maria Sibylla Merian
A few years back on a visit to the Getty Museum, the installation of Maria Sibylla Merian's work fascinated me. I was struck at the attention to detail she poured into every illustration and how she captured the true essence of each subject. Besides creating visual images of great beauty, Maria Sibylla Merian made observations that revolutionized both botany and zoology. Her work places her among one of the first naturalists to have observed insects directly. This approach gave her much more insight into their lives and was contrary to the way that most scientists worked at the time. Seeing the work in person makes you appreciate the these efforts and the re-found interest in her work has brought us quite a few published monographs that can be found online. Check them out at Amazon.