Maria Sibylla Merian

Keywords: caterpillars, butterflies, women’s studies, women scientists, scientific method I first became aware of Maria Sibylla Merian decades ago at an exhibit of her artwork (in L.A.) She made meticulous and beautiful drawings of insects in their different life stages. I was more interested in her artwork at the time than her other accomplishments, butContinue reading “Maria Sibylla Merian”

The Venus de Milo’s Arms

Keywords: drop spindle, spinning, cloth making, history of textiles, women’s history Not surprisingly, many pieces of art are much more impressive when seen in person than when seen as a picture. For me, this was especially true for the Venus de Milo. It is an absolutely gorgeous piece of art – even without her arms.Continue reading “The Venus de Milo’s Arms”