In Her Garden: Women Artists and Patrons in the Natural Sciences, 1650–1800

Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 12–2:30 PM EST

Tickets: Free, advance registration is required.

Red flowers with green stems and leaves and beetle to the left.

A virtual half-day symposium inspired by the installation Women Artists and Patrons in the Natural Sciences, 1650–1800 (September 14, 2021–January 9, 2022).

Women played an important role in the development of the natural sciences in the early modern period.  This virtual event will explore their varied contributions by focusing on the intersection of gender, natural history, and practices of drawing and collecting.  It will consist of a brief introduction by Austėja Mackelaitė, the Morgan’s Anette and Oscar de la Renta Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints, who organized the display, and five presentations, followed by a discussion.

 “A great naturalist and artist”: The Natural History Illustrations of Maria Sibylla Merian
Kate Heard, Royal Collection, Windsor

The Bloemenboek as a Meeting Place: Agnes Block’s Collection of Watercolors of Flora and Fauna
Catherine Powell-Warren, Ghent University

Women in Nature: Intersections of Gender and Colonial Histories in Early Modern Landscape Representation
Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

The Lively Plants of Madeleine Françoise Basseporte: Women’s Naturalisms in the Eighteenth Century
Natania Meeker, USC Dornsife, Los Angeles

The Duchess’ Museum: Paper Ecologies and Collaborative Networks at Bulstrode Park
Madeleine Pelling, University of York

Download Abstracts (PDF)

Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.

Madeleine Françoise Basseporte or her circle (1701–1780), Fritillaria imperialis (Crown Imperial), ca. 1750. Watercolor over graphite on vellum. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Junius S. Morgan and Henry S. Morgan; 1952.29:64.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.