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At the nexus of art and science, this dazzling new edition of Ernst Haeckel's first work reintroduces the genius of an enigmatic scientist and passionate observer of the natural world. Although original editions of this book are extremely rare, it is now available for the first time in a paperback edition, beautifully reproducing his drawings and watercolours. While the va At the nexus of art and science, this dazzling new edition of Ernst Haeckel's first work reintroduces the genius of an enigmatic scientist and passionate observer of the natural world. Although original editions of this book are extremely rare, it is now available for the first time in a paperback edition, beautifully reproducing his drawings and watercolours. While the variety and detail of Haeckel's drawings display an impressive understanding of biological structure, the skill with which Haeckel drew these tiny, aquatic protozoa renders them genuine works of art. This volume features commentary and descriptions of each of the radiolarians from Haeckel's work.


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At the nexus of art and science, this dazzling new edition of Ernst Haeckel's first work reintroduces the genius of an enigmatic scientist and passionate observer of the natural world. Although original editions of this book are extremely rare, it is now available for the first time in a paperback edition, beautifully reproducing his drawings and watercolours. While the va At the nexus of art and science, this dazzling new edition of Ernst Haeckel's first work reintroduces the genius of an enigmatic scientist and passionate observer of the natural world. Although original editions of this book are extremely rare, it is now available for the first time in a paperback edition, beautifully reproducing his drawings and watercolours. While the variety and detail of Haeckel's drawings display an impressive understanding of biological structure, the skill with which Haeckel drew these tiny, aquatic protozoa renders them genuine works of art. This volume features commentary and descriptions of each of the radiolarians from Haeckel's work.

30 review for Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Prints of Ernst Haeckel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    This is such a beautiful and inspiring book. Ernst Haeckle observed simple life forms called radiolarion and produced these amazing illustrations. I spent a long time studying this book for inspiration for my art degree. These creatures are so beautiful, I would highly recommend just googling Ernst Haeckle images if you don't get the chance to read this. Some of these life forms are unbelievable!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nuno R.

    Ernst Haeckel was one of those talents that united science with art in a way that will last. This is his legacy. He drew, looking through the microscope, in amazing detail and artistic prowess, the life forms that he discovered. Something that we now still vallue, even if digital imaging and instant recording has come a long time ago. His patient hand and mind will last in his plates, reproduced in many forms. And even his art will be imitated, not because it is needed as a recording means, but Ernst Haeckel was one of those talents that united science with art in a way that will last. This is his legacy. He drew, looking through the microscope, in amazing detail and artistic prowess, the life forms that he discovered. Something that we now still vallue, even if digital imaging and instant recording has come a long time ago. His patient hand and mind will last in his plates, reproduced in many forms. And even his art will be imitated, not because it is needed as a recording means, but for the beauty of it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kerfe

    Haeckel's 1862 atlas of the biological classification of radiolarians is still used as a reference by scientists. He recorded, described, and arranged them systematically. The short essay on his life and work talks about his influences, most notably Darwin, and also how his illustrations have in turn influenced art and design. They go way beyond simple scientific illustration. That is the appeal for me--the skeletons of these single-celled ocean dwellers have an other-worldly and mysterious abstr Haeckel's 1862 atlas of the biological classification of radiolarians is still used as a reference by scientists. He recorded, described, and arranged them systematically. The short essay on his life and work talks about his influences, most notably Darwin, and also how his illustrations have in turn influenced art and design. They go way beyond simple scientific illustration. That is the appeal for me--the skeletons of these single-celled ocean dwellers have an other-worldly and mysterious abstract and organic beauty. Enchanting and inspiring.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This book is just so beautiful and awesome. Haekel dedicated his life to collecting and drawing microscopic sea life, and his drawings actually hugely influenced art and design. The radiolarians are marvelously geometrical, strange-looking creatures, and this book is a wonderful thing to stare at.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Polly Paperclip

    Beautifully illustrated with a great bit of information at the front on Ernst himself and the project that this book is all about. Very interesting read into his studies; the passion is a man who’s interests lie comfortably between art and biology.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Johnson

    beautiful, like I dreamed of when I first saw what things look like under a microscope. would still like to do paintings based on something like that, but precise drawings like Haeckel's are beyond me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is a beautiful book of drawings. I have no particular interest in ocean life but the detail with which Haeckel has drawn these organisms is stunning.

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