23 November 2008

Kunstformen der Natur

The "Artforms of Nature" were drawn by Ernst Haeckel in the 19th century. He was a "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 phylum, phylogeny, ecology and the kingdom Protista."

The images above are from his book of lithographs, the 100 detailed plates of which are stored at this Wiki page. Click them to enlarge and enjoy at fullscreen detail.

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