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Art Forms in Nature: Prints of Ernst Haeckel

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Darwin himself has placed on record the conviction that Haeckel’s enthusiastic propagandism of the doctrine was the chief factor of its success in Germany. As a consequence of these views Haeckel was led to deny the immortality of the soul, the freedom of the will, and the existence of a personal God. According to Haeckel scholar Olaf Breidbach, the work was "not just a book of illustrations but also the summation of his view of the world. El libro tiene 100 ilustraciones de diferentes especies, cada una del tamaño de una hoja entera, En la parte inferior vienen numeradas y con el nombre de la especie que varían entre plantas, animales de mar, aves, algas, etc. The first set included Desmonema annasethe (now Cyanea annasethe), a particularly striking jellyfish that Haeckel observed and described shortly after the death of his wife Anna Sethe.

This volume is comprised of 100 illustrated plates featuring stunning watercolour paintings and pencil sketches. Indeed, until I was forced to sell it (a good offer was made and, after all I am a bookseller, I can't hang on to my favourite items forever and I managed a year with this one) it was hidden on my private shelf where I could look at it almost every day. The plates illustrate Haeckel's fundamental monistic notion of the "unity of all living things" and the wide variety of forms are executed with utmost delicacy.Some people have bought it to give them inspiration in their drawings, which I'm sure it does, I bought it to see if it would give me inspiration to do some unusual woodworking pieces, it does that too. Psychology he regarded as merely a branch of physiology, and psychical activity as a group of vital phenomena which depend solely on physiological actions and material changes taking place in the protoplasm of the organism in which it is manifested. Among his monographs may be mentioned those on Radiolaria (1862), Siphonophora (1869), Monera (1870) and Calcareous Sponges (1872), as well as several Challenger reports, viz. These images were originally created to support scientific textbooks, but the detail in the microscopic form, and the sense of design employed makes this a remarkable document and visual resource which has been popular with designers for decades.

Although the introduction was quite tedious to get through, and filled with rather unnecessary things in my opinion, the art was so well worth it and gorgeous to rocket this right up into one of my favorite “coffee table” books of all time! The Kunstformen contains 100 beautiful lithographic plates which show a multitude of unusual life forms: Radiolaria, Foraminifera, and other forms of microscopic life; jellyfishes, starfishes, calcareous sponges, star corals, barnacles, and other sea life; mosses, lichens, red algae, ferns, fungi, orchids, and other plants; and turtles, moths, spiders, bats, frogs, lizards, hummingbirds, and antelope. Haeckel’s literary output was enormous, and at the time of the celebration of his sixtieth birthday at Jena in 1894 he had produced 42 works with 13,000 pages, besides numerous scientific memoirs. This collection of plates was well-received not only by scientists, but by artists and architects as well.Is copyright infringement the reason why the 1914 second edition was abridged from 100 to 30 plates? The plates illustrate Haeckel’s fundamental monistic notion of the “unity of all living things,” and the wide variety of forms are executed with utmost delicacy.

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.He studied medicine and science at Würzburg, Berlin and Vienna, having for his masters such men as Johannes Müller, R. Marine Biological Laboratory Library - An exhibition of material on Haeckel, including background on many Kunstformen der Natur plates. As a philosopher, Ernst Haeckel wrote Die Welträtsel (1895–1899, in English, The Riddle of the Universe, 1901), the genesis for the term "world riddle" (Welträtsel); and Freedom in Science and Teaching to support teaching evolution.

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