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Art Forms in Nature: Prints of Ernst Haeckel

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He regarded the human soul with its inborn characteristics of reason as a ready-made being and did not inquire into its historical origins . It's a fabulous book, chock-a-block with exquisite drawings and a treasury of design ideas for anyone involved in any sort of artistic endeavour.

It happened that just when he was beginning his scientific career Darwin’s Origin of Species was published (1859), and such was the influence it exercised over him that he became the apostle of Darwinism in Germany. Originally published in Germany as Kunstformen der Natur, it is long out of copyright and available online in various formats.In a beautiful celebration of the natural world, Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature is a masterful union of science and art. Featuring intricate depictions of various land and sea life, this volume serves a scientific purpose while boasting exceptional aesthetic beauty. Did you know there is a jellyfish-like creature that can grow to a length that exceeds that of the great whales? The introductory essays provided good background material as well, although it would have been nice to hear more of Haeckel's own voice. Haeckel recognized beauty in every aspect of nature, even the ones who could be perceived as scary or insignificant.

His work was credited with having caused the acceptance of Darwinism in Europe, and his popular studies―preaching the continuity of all life, organic and inorganic, from prehistoric time to the present―converted tens of thousands of readers all over the world.There's at least one free digital version and if you insist on a paper copy get something like the Prestel edition so you get the color plates. Haeckel promoted and popularized Charles Darwin's work in Germany and developed the controversial recapitulation theory ("ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny") claiming that an individual organism's biological development, or ontogeny, parallels and summarizes its species' evolutionary development, or phylogeny. Working in both pencil and watercolour paint, he preserved the complex forms, patterns, and structures of the organisms he discovered.

In every bit of moss and blade of grass, in every beetle and butterfly, we find, when we examine it carefully, beauties which are usually overlooked. Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (February 16, 1834 – August 9, 1919), also written von Haeckel, was an eminent German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista.Above all, when we examine them with a powerful glass or, better still, with a good microscope, we find everywhere in nature a new world of inexhaustible charms. Although it contains a statement of most of the views with which Haeckel’s name is associated, it did not attract much attention on its first appearance, and accordingly, its author rewrote much of its substance in a more popular style and published it a year or two later as the Natural History of Creation ( Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte), which was far more successful (. There are some works based on corals that remind you immediately of the gene lamps of the oriental tales; the reproduction of the "ostracionte kafferfishe" is so majestic that it resembles some of the decorations in queens and kings crowns. The Canvas and the Camera in Weimar Germany: A New Objectivity in Painting and Photography of the 1920s.

I ran into some of Haekel's work on Pinterest originally, and didn't realise it was available in print.Today, although no one is greatly interested in Haeckel the biologist-philosopher, his work is increasingly prized for something he himself would probably have considered secondary. There is a long queue of people who have this on reserve at the library, and the copy I have is almost due, so I can’t keep perusing it.

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