Butterflies in Art

Psyche in Greek means soul, but it also means butterfly. Though in antiquity, the butterfly may have sometimes been a symbol of death, to Christians emergence from the pupa became a symbol of resurrection.

 

Art gallery I depicting butterflies (Old Chinese, Flemish-Dutch (16-17 century), Salvador Dali, contemporary)

 

Art gallery II depicting butterflies (contemporary works from www.amateurillustrator.com) 

 

Art gallery III depicting drawings from Insectorum surinamensium by Maria Sybilla Merian as well as some other book art, etc.