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ERNST HAECKEL: ART FORMS IN NATURE

PEROMEDUSAE: Taschenquallen (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa)

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The central figure of a giant corona-crowned jellyfish is based on a specimen found on the Challenger Expedition (1873-1876) in 6600 feet of water off the coast of New Zealand. Deep-sea creatures such as this were dredged up from the lower depths, stored in wine or water, and after months of marinating were sent, in highly degraded form, to eminent scientists for "reconstitution" and illustration. Haeckel had extensive experience with this species. A letter to his parents from the Canary Islands, dated January 27, 1867, reads: "Imagine a delicate, slender flowering whose leaves and brightly colored flowers are transparent like glass and which meanders through the water with the most graceful, sprightly movements."


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