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Visions of Nature: The Art And Science of Ernst Haeckel [Hardcover]

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This volume, which includes a number of Haeckel's drawings and watercolours which have never been published before, is the first detailed overview of the scientist and artist's vast output and provides a lively picture of his exceptional talent.

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Pages   299
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 10" Height: 14"
Weight:   6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2006
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791336649  
ISBN13  9783791336640  

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Pretty Good But Not Definitive  May 16, 2008
Ernst Haeckel was a Nineteenth Century naturalist who, like Audubon, was also a talented wildlife artist. However, where Audubon focussed on birds and other higher animals, Haeckel's work delights in the symmetry and complexity of invertebrates, many of them marine. I do not know to what extent Haeckel's work was done in color, as most of his drawings in this book are monotone or with only a small amount of color. However, he seems to have had a real genius for portraying the intricate morphology of animals like jellyfish and calcareous sponges. The text is integral to the purpose of the book, and it is clear that Haeckel made some contributions to the early evolutionary literature. He was the first evolutionist to note that embryos tend to recapitulate their phylogenetic history as they develop. However, he has rightly been criticized for fudging his illustrations of the various stages of developing human embryos - included herein - which are clearly exagerated in their resemblance to fish, quadrupeds, and other human ancestors.

Two caveats of which I would apprise potential buyers of this book are as follows. There are far too many illustrations included that are not by Haeckel, presumably to show his relation to his contemporaries. It is common in art books to include a few of these, but there are far more non-Haeckel pictures in this book than are necessary. Additionally, for such a large and expensive book focussing on science, there are too few of Haeckel's scientific illustrations included, and too many of his rather substandard landscapes, domestic decorations, and so forth.

I would recommend this book as the best collection of Haeckel's work I have seen, but it is certainly not the definitive book on him. That, it seems, has yet to be published.

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