Science that looks like art. Plates from the Annual report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution for the year ending June 30, 1901.

"From a composite helio-chrome, made by Mr. Ives." Page 458.
“From a composite helio-chrome, made by Mr. Ives.” Page 458. Herschel. Plate 11. A. Hoen & Company, Lithocaustic, Baltimore. Collection of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/annualreportofbo1901smit/page/n457
"Humming birds." Paine. Page 809. Plate 11.
“Humming birds.” Paine. Page 809. Plate 11. A. Hoen & Company, Lithocaustic, Baltimore. Collection of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/annualreportofbo1901smit/page/n808
"Butterflies." Paine. Page 831. Plate X.
“Butterflies.” Paine. Page 831. Plate X. A. Hoen & Company, Lithocaustic, Baltimore, lithographer. Collection of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/annualreportofbo1901smit/page/n830
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Butterflies painted by Albert Bierstadt with colors as grand as his Western sunsets. No, maybe better.

1893.
1893. Oil and pencil on pasteboard. Image © White House Collection/White House Historical Association. Fair use license. via Facebook and https://www.artsy.net/artwork/albert-bierstadt-butterfly
Green butterfly. No date.
Green butterfly. No date. Oil and pencil on paper. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.133.html/2008/american-paintings-n08414
1890.
1890. Gouache on paper. In the public domain due to age. via https://pixels.com/featured/butterfly-1890-albert-bierstadt.html
1898.
1898. Oil and pencil on paper laid down on board. Image © 2019 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2019/american-art-n10048/lot.82.html
Yellow butterfly. ca. 1890.
Yellow butterfly. ca. 1890. Oil and graphite. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Image Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yellow_Butterfly_by_Albert_Bierstadt.jpeg

Butterflies, insects, seashells and other fun things to while an afternoon away looking at for that special one. 17th century by Flemish artist Jan van Kessel the Elder with one done by his son. Related to the Brueghels.

"A sprig of redcurrants with an elephant hawk moth, a ladybird, a millipede and other insects." 1657.
“A sprig of redcurrants with an elephant hawk moth, a ladybird, a millipede and other insects.” 1657. Oil on copper. Image courtesy Sothebys. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via
"Butterflies and other Insects." 1661.
“Butterflies and other Insects.” 1661. Image © AllPosters.com. Fair use license. via https://www.allposters.com/-sp/Butterflies-and-Other-Insects-1661-Posters_i12109769_.htm?UPI=PPRPU60&PODConfigID=9436042&sOrigID
"A Study of Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, and Insects." Undated.
“A Study of Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, and Insects.” Undated. Jan van Kessel the Younger, artist (1654-1708). Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_van_Kessel_-_A_Study_of_Butterflies,_Moths,_Spiders,_and_Insects_-_BF.1978.10_-_Museum_of_Fin

Butterfly art to make your living room look like an endless summer. From German naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. (1647-1717).

"Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium." 1705.
“Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium.” 1705. Hand colored engraving. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Merian_Metamorphosis_LX.jpg
"Duroia sp. and assorted insects."  1705.
“Duroia sp. and assorted insects.” 1705. Hand colored copper engraving. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Duroia_sp00.jpg
Plate XLV from "Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium". 1705.
Plate XLV from “Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium”. 1705. Hand colored copper engraving. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Merian-grafic-senkenberg_hg.jpg