Art Forms in Nature: Prints of Ernst Haeckel

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Art Forms in Nature: Prints of Ernst Haeckel

Art Forms in Nature: Prints of Ernst Haeckel

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Multitude of strangely beautiful natural forms: Radiolaria, Foraminifera, Ciliata, diatoms, calcareous sponges, Siphonophora, star corals, starfishes, Protozoa, flagellates, brown seaweed, jellyfishes, sea-lilies, moss animals, sea-urchins, glass sponges, leptomedusae, horny corals, trunkfishes, true sea slugs, anthomedusae horseshoe crabs, sea-cucumbers, octopuses, bats, orchids, sea wasps, seahorse, a dragonfish, a frogfish, much more. Kurt Stüber's Biolib - An online version of Kunstformen der Natur with scanned images of the 100 plates, accompanying descriptions, table of contents and supplemental pages (in German). Even if you're not an artist in any kind of medium be it pencil, paint, wood, clay or crayon, this is a book worth looking at and going 'ooooh' over.

Escher inscribed them in Nature, giving birth to what he saw in his mind; Haeckel engraved what he saw in Nature. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel’s prints which, even in their day, rightly became world famous.

Inspiration for the nature-lover, artist, or those like me who like to simply gaze in wonder at the infinite diversity and beauty, of lifeforms. 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. From Here to Eternity: Ernst Haeckel and Scientific Faith, Religion, Theology, and Natural Science, Vol. Haeckel recognized beauty in every aspect of nature, even the ones who could be perceived as scary or insignificant.

I had heard of Ernst Haeckel back in high school, his art is exceptionally captivating - so when I saw this book at the library, I didn’t hesitate on taking it home. This was really great, but most importantly it will last -- for archiving, referencing, modifications, not just a book that'll sit on the shelf once perused -- all made easy with access to these lithographs. The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel's prints, still influence artists and designers to this day. There are some pictures of coral skeletons that instantly transport the reader to a somber world; and then there is an explosion of color and movement in plant and living coral.The introductory section is detailed and well-written (for an older audience than my son, of course) but Haeckel's images speak clearly without the need for explanation. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel's prints, which even in their day, became world famous. I had just bought this 'on spec', it is a real find and a very reasonable cost given the quality of the paper and printing! But the illustrations are other-worldly both in form and in the feeling they give: that rotifers, protozoans and medusae don't just inhabit scarcely-visible parts of our world, no they have their own world which we can barely glimpse into, as different and exotic as any science-fiction artwork.

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! 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. 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. Not content with the study of the doctrine of evolution in its zoological aspects, Haeckel also applied it to some of the oldest problems of philosophy and religion. I read five books, all told, for this meeting, which was undoubtedly overkill, but which I wholeheartedly enjoyed.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In particular, many artists associated with Art Nouveau were influenced by Haeckel's images, including René Binet, Karl Blossfeldt, Hans Christiansen, and Émile Gallé. 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.



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