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The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel

Hardcover, 11.2 x 15.6 in., 15.71 lb, 704 pages
US$ 200
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
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Discover Ernst Haeckel, the 19th-century artist-biologist who found beauty in even the most unlikely of creatures. This collection features 450 prints from his most important publications, including the majestic Kunstformen der Natur and his extensive catalogues of marine life. As biodiversity is ever-more threatened, these exquisite images are a scientific, artistic, and environmental masterwork.

Customer reviews (5)

Microbial Marvels

Ernst Haeckel, the 19th-century pioneer who captured the artistic beauty of the natural world
Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) was a German-born biologist, naturalist, evolutionist, artist, philosopher, and doctor who spent his life researching flora and fauna from the highest mountaintops to the deepest ocean. A vociferous supporter and developer of Darwin’s theories of evolution, he denounced religious dogma, authored philosophical treatises, gained a doctorate in zoology, and coined scientific terms which have passed into common usage, including ecology, phylum, and stem cell.

At the heart of Haeckel’s colossal legacy was the motivation not only to discover but also to explain. To do this, he created hundreds of detailed drawings, watercolors, and sketches of his findings which he published in successive volumes, including several marine organism collections and the majestic Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms in Nature), which could serve as the cornerstone of Haeckel’s entire life project. Like a meticulous visual encyclopedia of living things, Haeckel’s work was as remarkable for its graphic precision and meticulous shading as for its understanding of organic evolution. From bats to the box jellyfish, lizards to lichen, and spider legs to sea anemones, Haeckel emphasized the essential symmetries and order of nature, and found biological beauty in even the most unlikely of creatures.

In this book, we celebrate the scientific, artistic, and environmental importance of Haeckel’s work, with a collection of 450 of his finest prints from several of his most important tomes, including Die Radiolarien, Monographie der Medusen, Die Kalkschwämme, and Kunstformen der Natur. At a time when biodiversity is increasingly threatened by human activities, the book is at once a visual masterwork, an underwater exploration, and a vivid reminder of the precious variety of life.
The authors

Rainer Willmann holds a chair in zoology at Göttingen University, is director of its Zoological Museum, and is cofounder of its Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research. A specialist in phylogenetics and evolution, he conducts research into biodiversity and its history.

Julia Voss gained her doctorate with a thesis on visual representations of Darwinian evolution theory. Until 2017, she was head of the art department of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and deputy head of the features section. Voss is an honorary professor at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, and her research focusses on the history of abstraction, restitution and provenance, and the connections between evolutionary theory and culture.

The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel
Hardcover, 11.2 x 15.6 in., 15.71 lb, 704 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-2646-3
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

Customer reviews (5)

The book was a blast

Despina, October 27, 2021
I was saving for quite some time to acquire the book and it really worth it!
It happened that I got to know more about Haeckel during my personal work and my master (Ecology and Conservation of Biodiversity) but the illustrations and the descriptions are far beyond my expectations. Well done TASCHEN team!


Max, December 22, 2021
Ein wirklich gigantisches Buch, vom Umfang, Größe und Qualität der Abbildungen her. Leider sind einige der Abbildungen aus der Serie Kunstformen der Natur, der wohl bekanntesten Serie Haeckels, deutlich verkleinert worden, gerade hier wäre es schöner gewesen, die Bildtafeln auf voller Seitengröße bewundern zu können.


Thomas, December 17, 2021
Très bel ouvrages aux illustrations somptueuses.

Die Schönheit der natürlichen Formen

Sebastian, October 29, 2021
Simpel, detailliert, prächtig, verschwenderisch, chaotisch, geordnet, formschön.
Diese meisterhaften Bilder zeigen die Schönheit und die gegensätzlichen Aspekte der Natur. Für mich eine Quelle der Inspiration, vor allem die Formen und die Vielfalt inspirieren mich und lassen mich die Fülle der Natur und ihrer genialen Konstruktionen honorieren.

Wunderschön gemacht!!

Signe, October 27, 2021
Das Buch ist sehr aufwendig und schön gestaltet!
Mein Sohn ist überglücklich mit dieser Ausgabe.
The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel
The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel
US$ 200
The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel