Ananas [Pineapple with Cockroaches - Ananas mit Schaben]

Maria Sibylla Merian (*1647 - 1717)
Engraving of a pineapple plant with cockroaches. Printed between 1705-71.

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The first and one of the most beautiful engravings of Maria Sibylla Merian's Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium. Merian combines the most enchanting and the most repulsive on one sheet. She made this the first plate of the Metamorphosis, considering the pineapples to be the most outstanding of all edible fruits, cockroaches the most notorious of all insects. It shows the pineapple in flower, accompanied by the cockroaches that fascinated Merian as much as the exotic plant. Engraved by Joseph Mulder.


CartographerMaria Sibylla Merian
TitleAnanas [Pineapple with Cockroaches - Ananas mit Schaben]
Publisher, Year1705-71
Plate Size46.3 x 34.0 cm (18.2 x 13.4 inches)
Sheet Size48.8 x 34.7 cm (19.2 x 13.7 inches)


Upper left corner in margin outside of the plate restored, partially backed in the right margin. Beautifully later coloring.


Maria Sibylla Merian was a natural scientist and artist born in Frankfurt, Germany. She is the daughter of the famous publisher and engraver Matthäus Merian the Elder. She was artistically trained by her stepfather Jacob Marrel, a pupil of the important still life painter Georg Flegel. She lived in Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Amsterdam and West Frisia. At the suggestion of Cornelis van Sommelsdijk she undertook a two-year research trip to the Dutch colony of Surinam from 1699. Back in Europe she published her main work Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium in 1705, which made her famous as an artist.

Maria Sibylla Merian's most important works appeared with the following titles:

- Blumenbuch, 1675-80
- Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandlung und sonderbare Blumennahrung, 1679-83
- Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, 1705

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Engraving of a pineapple plant with cockroaches. Printed between 1705-71.

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