Today's featured artist is kind of an unusual one compared to the other illustrators I've blogged about. For one, he's a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, and physician.
Ernst Haeckel was born in 1834 and died in 1919. He researched, discovered, and named thousands of new species (even naming a type of jellyfish after his recently-passed wife, Anna), as well as supported and helped publicize Charles Darwin's theories of evolution. He even coined many biological terms still used today, one of which being 'ecology'.
Besides the astounding work Haeckel is responsible for in the scientific field, he was an accomplished artist and published over 100 multi-coloured illustrations of detailed sea creatures and wild life. I found the image below a few weeks ago with no knowledge of who Haeckel was and was shocked to find the amount of his work available online. There's something very sublime in the details, structure, and colours of his illustrations .
When you look through the images below, it is undeniable Haeckel was a talented man in both art and science... too bad he was verrrrry racist (yeah, look it up).