At present, majority of the science books are enriched with detailed photos which reveal the intricate parts of the plant life, however, prior to the invention of photography & macro photography, it was up to researchers & botanical illustrators to record the amazing forms of fauna & flora. One of the scientists who recorded his findings with the help of drawings is a German philosopher, naturalist, physician, and a biologist; Ernst Heinrich Haeckel.
Made between the late 19th & early 20th centuries, his brightly colorful & highly stylized drawings, sketches, and watercolors reveal how various forms of plant life appear under the microscope. Even though each hand-drawn organism appears like something from a science fiction book, Haeckel’s entirety of creative output sheds light on the unbelievable hidden intricacies of natural, real forms which inhabit the Earth.
In Germany, Ernst was born in 1834. He studied medicine at the University of Berlin & graduated in 1857. During his education tenure, his professor Johannes Müller, took him on a summer field trip to observe minute sea creatures off the coast of Heligoland in the North Sea, igniting his life-long fascination for biology and natural forms.
He traveled to Italy at the age of 25, where he spent time in Napoli discovering his artistic talent. Between 1860 & 1862 he published 59 scientific illustrations, along with the original microscope slides.
His life was spent researching fauna & flora from the deepest oceans to the highest mountain tops. He not only found, described, & named masses of new species, but with his incredible illustrations captured their forms. Rendered with delicate shading and graphic precision, his work embraced the Darwin theory of evolution & helped in educating the world about microscopic organisms that were previously unseen.