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Art Forms in Nature: Prints of Ernst Haeckel

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Kant's great mistake, which had such serious consequences for all of philosophy that followed, largely lies in the fact that his critical "Theory of Cognition" did not take into account physiological and phylogenetic principles which were only acquired sixty years after his death through Darwin's reform of the theory of evolution and through the discoveries of the physiology of the brain. 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. There are 100 Color Plates to capture our imaginations through their colors, textures and designs, which exist in nature.

I will mention that different editions or printings of Art Forms of Nature by different publishers (like Dover) only use black and white pictures, not the full-color images. He's really into nature, sci-fi and fantasy video games/books and drawing, so I thought it'd be helpful inspiration for the latter.I like the discipline in that long-forgotten way you feel when you're a hardcore fangirl screaming internally upon seeing something you like. His work occupies a unique position in history, lying in the interface between zoology, Darwinism, philosophy and art.

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. Kunstformen der Natur was influential in early 20th-century art, architecture, and design, bridging the gap between science and art.I had no idea so many images I’ve seen in other books or as posters or even in my own curriculum came from Haeckel! Is copyright infringement the reason why the 1914 second edition was abridged from 100 to 30 plates? Illustrations: Full page, full colour, all 100 original plates reproduced to an exceptional standard.

His work was credited with having caused the acceptance of Darwinism in Europe, and his popular studies ― preaching the continuity of all life, organic and inorganic, from prehistoric time to the present ― converted tens of thousands of readers all over the world. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel’s prints which, even in their day, rightly became world famous. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel's prints, which even in their day, became world famous. 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. The center and bottom-center images are Desmonema annasethe; the tentacles reminded Haeckel of his late wife's long flowing hair.In this book, adopting an uncompromising monistic attitude, he asserted the essential unity of organic and inorganic nature. Haeckel recognized beauty in every aspect of nature, even the ones who could be perceived as scary or insignificant. 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.

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