Spiral Art Gallery
The Tree of Life
Ernst Haeckel, 1834-1919
Ammonitida: Ammonshorne (Mollusca: Cephalopoda)
Ernst Haeckel was a German zoologist and proponent of Darwinism. He made numerous watercolors and drawings of biological life forms throughout his career, a project he called Art Forms in Nature. The drawings, although often not strictly scientifically accurate, are considered landmarks in the field of naturalist illustration. As is true of much of naturalist illustration, Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature makes use of stylization and decorative effects.
Wild Sea Breaking on the Rocks
Edward Lear, 1812–1888, English artist and illustrator
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
Alfred North Whitehead,
“The nursing woman is seated in a cross—legged position, similar to that of the memorial figures (phemba) found on many Kongo tombs. Her spiral headpiece is similar to others found on female figures created by artists among the Vili. This headpiece, which represents a snail's shell, has been interpreted as referring to the migration of Kongo peoples from their capital, Mbanza Kongo. It is also a sign of perpetual movement and growth.”
"What is art,
But life upon the larger scale, the higher,
When, graduating up in a spiral line
Of still expanding and ascending gyres,
It pushes toward the intense significance
Of all things, hungry for the Infinite?
and where we live, we suffer and toil."
from Aurora Leigh
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
Mask with Large Spiral