1904 Haeckel's mistress Frida's Jellyfish

1904 Haeckel's mistress Frida's Jellyfish

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: 1904 Rhopilema frida. Named by Earnst Haeckel after his younger muse and lover Frida von Uslar Gleichen. Haeckles affair with her began in 1898 during his second unsuccessful mariage. They wrote over 900 love letters that would later be published and hence become quite famous. Haeckel never left his unloved second wife for Frida, due to the social pressure of the time. He wrote in this 1904 installment of the Kunstformen "This magnificent new species of the genus Rhopilema, one of the most beautiful of the medusae, was captured on 10 March 1901 under the equator in the Malaccan Straits. It bears its name as a remembrance of Fraulein Frida von Uslar-Gleichen, the artistic friend of nature, who has advanced the "Kunstformen der Natur" in numerous ways by her exquisite judgment". Tragically Frida had died in 1903 from an apparently suicidal overdose of opium.

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