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Get to Know Anna Maria van Schurman

Also known as “The Star of Utrecht,” “The Tenth Muse,” and “a miracle of her sex!”

This is a self portrait of Anna Maria van Schurman, complete with her signature engraving skills.
This is a self portrait of Anna Maria van Schurman, complete with her signature engraving skills.

Schurman had a passion for many forms of art; here is an example of her embroidery skills. She has work featured in The Brooklyn Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery of Art, and more.

Here is another self portrait of van Schurman from the year 1633. We can see that she is not only a talented artist and engraver, but also a hairstylist!

Schurman studied and mastered 14 languages, including Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, French, and German. This is a piece of artwork that shows Schurman’s calligraphy in multiple languages of a Bible verse.

The gardens at Utrecht, where Schurman grew up and went on to attend University in.

Anna Maria was a member of the Labadists, a protestant religious community founded by Jean de Labadie. She remained in this community for her entire life!

Van Schurman also had an interest in death, which was rather unheard of for women in her time. In another one of her writings, De Termino Vitae, Schurman writes on how physicians and God work together as a human reaches the end of their life and begins to pass over into death.