HAECKEL- MARINE LIFE: TOREUMA DISCOMEDUSAE - DISC JELLIES - JELLYFISH plate 28
ERNST HAECKEL’S TOREUMA DISCOMEDUSAE - JELLYFISH print Tafel/Plate 28
This exceptional, original and rare colour lithograph of Jellyfish is from Ernest Haeckel’s epoch-making work, “Kunstformender der Natur” (Art Forms in Nature), published in a series of 10 instalments, each with 10 illustrations, in Leipzig and Vienna by Verlag des Bibliographischen Instituts, 1899- 1904.
Ernest Heinrich Haeckel was born in Potsdam, Germany, in 1834. After receiving his medical degree in Berlin in 1857, he taught comparative anatomy and zoology, and headed the Zoological Institute at Jenna from 1865.
Haeckel was profoundly influenced by the publication of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”, whose theories are reflected in all of Haeckel’s work.
“His considerable artistic talent, assisted by his fertile imagination produced many of the most beautiful representations of animal forms ever made.”
(The Art of Natural History, Animal Illustrators and their Work” by S. Peter Dance, New York 1978)
(ref; Richard P. Hartmann - Ernest Haeckel (Prestel), Concise Dictionary of Scientific Biography)