Every now and then I have to sit back and re-marvel at Ernst Haeckel’s work.
Even the first part of his brief Wiki biography is mind-blowing: 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.
(Apologies to anyone who thought they were having a productive day and just got knocked down a few pegs)
I don’t think I could ever look at the staggering beauty with which he depicts the natural world and not be utterly awestruck.
Nature itself is perhaps the greatest artist, but it takes a phenomenally talented human being to represent it with such masterful technique.
I was actually stunned to recently discover that I don’t have any books of Haeckel’s work. Any recommendations? I’d also like to seek out a few choice prints.