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Ernst Haeckel, “Kunstformen der Natur” (1899-1904)

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Thalamorpha

This masterpiece of scientific illustration was published by German biologist Ernst Haeckel (1834—1919) in 1904. Kunstformen der Natur (“Art Forms of Nature”) consists of 100 lithographs of various organisms, many which were first described by Haeckel himself. The book was highly influential in early 20th-century art. (Source: Wikipedia)

A high-res PDF of the book can be downloaded here (272 MB), digitized by Kurt Stüber at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. The license of this specific high-res version allows personal and educational use. The complete set of 100 tables can also be found over at Wikimedia Commons, where they are marked as Public Domain.

The images below were taken from this HTML edition, also digitized by Kurt Stüber/BioLib.de and published under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Erich Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur (Cover)

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Phaeodaria

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Calcispongiae

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Tubulariae

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Discomedusae

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Narcomedusae

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Siphonophorae

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Cyrtoidea

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Actiniae

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Gamochonia

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Chiroptera

Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, Ascidiae

The Public Domain Review published a selection of images from his equally beautiful Radiolaria (1862).

Source: www.BioLib.de

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