11 March 2008

"Artforms of Nature"

Ernst Haeckel and his assistant Nicolaus von Miclucho-Maclay, photographed in the Canary Islands in 1866

Today i stumbled across the outstanding work of Ernst Haeckel.. an eminent German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist. Ernst Haeckel discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including phylum, phylogeny, ecology and the kingdom Protista. Busy man!

The published artwork of Haeckel includes over 100 detailed, multi-colour illustrations of animals and sea creatures: - Kunstformen der Natur "Artforms of Nature"

"Haeckel's literary output was extensive, working as a professor at the University of Jena for 47 years, and even at the time of the celebration of his sixtieth birthday at Jena in 1894, Haeckel had produced 42 works with nearly 13,000 pages, besides numerous scientific memoirs and illustrations."

He even coined the term 'First World War'. Outstanding. Here's some of my picks of his beautiful work..

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