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Description - Art Forms from the Abyss by Peter J Le B Williams

These radiant images from the renowned 19th-century biologist and illustrator Ernst Haeckel, featuring marine microorganisms, will enthral fans of his previous collections and garner renewed attention for Haeckel's unparalleled artistry. From jewellery 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 cataloguing nearly 5,000 new species from the depths of Earth's oceans. Fullpage reproductions bring these organisms colourfully 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. AUTHOR: Peter Williams is Emeritus Professor at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Wales, where David Roberts is the Scientific and Technical Photographer and David Thomas is the Professor of Marine Biology. Dylan Evans is an environmental and fisheries consultant. 75 colour, 6 b/w

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783791381411
ISBN-10: 3791381415
Format: Paperback / softback
(302mm x 240mm x 13mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Prestel
Publisher: Prestel
Publish Date: 20-Aug-2015
Country of Publication: Germany

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Author Biography - Peter J Le B Williams

Peter Williams is Emeritus Professor at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, Wales. David Roberts is Scientific and Technical Photographer and David Thomas is Professor of Marine Biology. Dylan Evans is an environmental and fisheries consultant.

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