100 Beautiful Illustrations of Biologist Ernst Haeckel – Art Forms of Nature

100 Beautiful Illustrations of Biologist Ernst Haeckel – Art Forms of Nature

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Who’s Ernst Haeckel?

Ernst Haeckel Photograph
Ernst Haeckel Photograph

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, and the kingdom Protista. 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’ entire evolutionary development, or phylogeny.
– From Wikipedia

So why are we talking about him on Designer Rants?

Because of his beautiful illustrations from the book “Art Forms of Nature.”  One hundred of the monograph plates are presented on this blog.  I’ve posted them on here because I think they’re amazing, and the Wikipedia page I found them on have them listed as thumbnails, whereas I’m more of a Scroller, myself.

Phaeodaria - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Phaeodaria – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 1. Phaeodaria
Thalamphora - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 2. Thalamphora
Ciliata - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Ciliata – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 3. Ciliata
Diatomea - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Diatomea – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 4. Diatomea
Calcispongiae - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Calcispongiae – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 5. Calcispongiae
Tubulariae - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Tubulariae – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 6. Tubulariae
Siphonophorae - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Siphonophorae – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 7. Siphonophorae
Discomedusae - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Discomedusae – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 8. Discomedusae
Hexacoralla - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Hexacoralla – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 9. Hexacoralla
Ophiodea - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904
Ophiodea – Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904 10. Ophiodea

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  1. Katie Saunders
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    Thanks for posting these amazing pictures – they are so beautiful and give such great insight. Cheers!

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