Art Forms from the Abyss: Ernst Haeckel's

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These radiant images from the renowned 19th-century biologist and illustrator Ernst Haeckel, featuring marine microorganisms, will enthrall fans of his previous collections and garner renewed attention for Haeckel’s unparalleled artistry. From jewelry designers to scientists, graphic artists to naturalists, the range of people inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s illustrations continues to grow. Following up on Prestel’s books Art Forms in Nature and Art Forms from the Ocean, this new collection features startlingly beautiful images created by Haeckel for the report of the HMS Challenger expedition, which circumnavigated the world from 1872–76, discovering

and cataloging nearly 5,000 new species from the depths of

Earth’s oceans. Full-page reproductions bring these organisms

colorfully to life, drawing readers into a world at once

hypnotic and highly ordered. Divided into three sections—

Siphonophores, Medusae, and Radiolarians—these illustrations

display Haeckel’s remarkable artistic skill and understanding of

the architecture of organic matter. The authors provide a brief

history of the Challenger expedition, background on Haeckel’s

scientific and artistic accomplishments, as well as informative

texts on each group of organisms. A guide to the natural world

and an inspiration to artists of every stripe, this collection of

Haeckel’s work is a fitting tribute to a 19th-century genius.