Visions of Nature: The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel

Visions of Nature: The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel

by Olaf Briedbach
     
 
This first detailed survey of the remarkable work of the late nineteenth-century biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel conveys a vivid picture of a man for whom nature and art were inseparable.

The foremost proponent of evolutionary theory in 19th-century Europe, Ernst Haeckel was more famous in some circles at the time than Charles Darwin. Haeckel was also enormously

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This first detailed survey of the remarkable work of the late nineteenth-century biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel conveys a vivid picture of a man for whom nature and art were inseparable.

The foremost proponent of evolutionary theory in 19th-century Europe, Ernst Haeckel was more famous in some circles at the time than Charles Darwin. Haeckel was also enormously influential in the art world, particularly the Art Noveau and Surrealist movements, and his elaborate and mesmerizing illustrations are the subject of continued interest from artists and designers. From his minutely detailed renderings of radiolarians to his vivid depictions of embryonic development to his softly colored landscapes of the Italian countryside, these vibrant reproductions of Haeckel's wondrous art demonstrate a profound appreciation for nature's intrinsic design that will continue to inspire artists for generations to come. Haeckel's revolutionary and often contentious theories on evolution, as well as his contributions as a scientist and explorer, are considered in thoughtful essays written by one of the foremost scholars on Haeckel's work. Fusing scientific thought with philosophy, molecular structure with design, this richly illustrated profile of a revolutionary thinker and brilliant artist will delight Haeckel's ever-growing audience.

Olaf Breidbach is a biologist, art historian and head of the Ernst Haeckel Haus in Jena, Germany. He is the author of Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst Haeckel and Art Forms from the Ocean (both by Prestel).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791336640
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
SLIPCASE
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 14.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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