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ERNST HAECKEL: ART FORMS IN NATURE

ORCHIDEAE: Venusblumen (Plantae: Orchidales)

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These orchids, selected from over 10,000 varieties, are painted in such an idealized style that they seem virtual archetypes of the species. Even their title, "Venusblumen," suggests that they are considered quintessential models of beauty. Both Haeckel and Goethe believed that archetypes were inherent in nature and that each specimen was merely a reflection of that archetype. This concept was later extended to the field of psychology by Carl Jung (1875-1961). Note the signature of Adolf Giltsch (1852-1911), the Jena lithographer who translated Haeckel's drawings into prints.


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Curated by Ann Weissmann, Exhibitions Curator MBLWHOI Library





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