‘Cyrtoidea’ - Ernst Haeckel, from ‘Kunstformen der Natur’ (1899)
One of my favourites from an incredible book of plates.
scientific etchings are so fucking awesome. i get way too excited on this shit.
Kunstformen der Natur (German for Art Forms of Nature) is a book of lithographic and autotype prints by German biologist Ernst Haeckel. Originally published in sets of ten between 1899 and 1904 and collectively in two volumes in 1904, it consists of 100 prints of various organisms, many of which were first described by Haeckel himself. Over the course of his career, over 1000 engravings were produced based on Haeckel’s sketches and watercolors; many of the best of these were chosen for Kunstformen der Natur, translated from sketch to print by lithographer Adolf Giltsch.
- Plate 5 from Ernst Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur
“Calcispongiae”, now called Calcarea, is a class of about 400 marine sponges that are found mostly in shallow tropical waters worldwide. Calcareous sponges vary from radially symmetrical vase-shaped body types to colonies made up of a meshwork of thin tubes, or irregular massive forms. The skeleton has either a mesh or honeycomb structure.
Plate from Kunstformen der Natur, or Art Forms in Nature, by Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919)