Using illustrations of embryos, jellyfishes, and creatures the rest of the world had never seen or dared to imagine back in the day, the scientist strived to inform the public about the immense biological variety of the world. He married science and art in the drawings by staying true to the facts and keeping the artistic aesthetics in mind. Hence, it’s no surprise that, to this day, Haeckel’s work serves as an inspiration for many artists
To celebrate the scientific, artistic, and environmental importance of Haeckel’s work, taschen has just released an impressive collection of 450 gorgeous illustrations with commentary in French, German, and English. Scroll down to see the remarkable work that is claimed to be so precise, it can still be used in modern-day textbooks.