Haeckel - Die Radiolarien
In 1862, Haeckel published a collection of 35 copper plate etchings of images of
radiolarians in Die Radiolarien (Rhizopoda
radiolarian) - Eine Monographic.
The variety of shape and form within this scarcely known group of
protozoa is incredible – shapes resembling moon landers, samurai and spiders
webs are found.
draftmanship is quite stunning, not only the details and composition, but his
ability to capture the complex 3-dimension form of these organisms – Plates 21
and 24 are fine examples.
, but there are gradients in the background which is a persistent problem
scanning from a bound volume.
of excellent quality are available in the publication
Art Forms from the Oceans
, published by Prestel (ISBN 978-3-7913
3327-4) and is very good value for money.