Albarello drug jar to store syrup of French lavender which was used to treat disorders of the brain and nerves, including paralysis, epilepsy, spasms, tremors and pain, Italian, c. 1600-1800. A portrait of Roman military hero Horatius Publius Cocles is on the side. [2832×4256]

Albarello drug jar to store syrup of French lavender which was used to treat disorders of the brain and nerves, including paralysis, epilepsy, spasms, tremors and pain, Italian, c. 1600-1800. A portrait of Roman military hero Horatius Publius Cocles is… Continue Reading

Portrait of a Buff-banded rail (Hypotaenidia philippensis). This species is very common in most of its range (islands including Philippines, Indonesia, Australian region and Pacific islands) but it is seldom observed because of its shy behaviour.

Portrait of a Buff-banded rail (Hypotaenidia philippensis). This species is very common in most of its range (islands including Philippines, Indonesia, Australian region and Pacific islands) but it is seldom observed because of its shy behaviour.

Portrait of a Spotted day gecko (Phelsuma guttata) on a leaf. These small diurnal geckos are only found in the rainforests of north-east Madagascar. This species is adaptable and survives deforestation by also living in banana trees plantations.

Portrait of a Spotted day gecko (Phelsuma guttata) on a leaf. These small diurnal geckos are only found in the rainforests of north-east Madagascar. This species is adaptable and survives deforestation by also living in banana trees plantations.

Portrait of a sleeping adult New Caledonia giant gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus). This endemic species is found in forests and, although still safe so far, is vulnerable to loss of habitat, collection for the pet trade and predation by alien species (Rats, cats and a species of ant).

Portrait of a sleeping adult New Caledonia giant gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus). This endemic species is found in forests and, although still safe so far, is vulnerable to loss of habitat, collection for the pet trade and predation by alien… Continue Reading

Full-body portrait of a fantastic predatory fish, the African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus). With mobile upper and lower jaws and long sharp teeth, this species is a fast predator, feeding on fishes and swallows when they come down to the water to drink while flying. They can reach 1 meter long.

Full-body portrait of a fantastic predatory fish, the African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus). With mobile upper and lower jaws and long sharp teeth, this species is a fast predator, feeding on fishes and swallows when they come down to the water… Continue Reading

Portrait of a cute male Brown-throated wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea). Yes… I said brown-throated… actually females have rich brown throats whereas males display jet black throats. This species is commonly found in woodlands and gardens in central Africa.

Portrait of a cute male Brown-throated wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea). Yes… I said brown-throated… actually females have rich brown throats whereas males display jet black throats. This species is commonly found in woodlands and gardens in central Africa.

Roman marble portrait of Cornelia Salonina, wife of the emperor Gallienus. Dated back to mid-3rd century CE. Located in Saint-Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum. [531×949]

Roman marble portrait of Cornelia Salonina, wife of the emperor Gallienus. Dated back to mid-3rd century CE. Located in Saint-Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum. [531×949]

Close-up portrait of an Harlequin filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). This species is dependant on Acropora corals for its food which makes it highly vulnerable to extinction with the destruction of coral reefs by pollution and climate change amongst other factors.

Close-up portrait of an Harlequin filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). This species is dependant on Acropora corals for its food which makes it highly vulnerable to extinction with the destruction of coral reefs by pollution and climate change amongst other factors.

Roman marble grave stele with carved portrait and 2 lions on the top. Object dated back to 2nd-4th century CE. It was found in ancient Sirmium, present-day Sremska Mitrovica, northern Serbia. [587×960]

Roman marble grave stele with carved portrait and 2 lions on the top. Object dated back to 2nd-4th century CE. It was found in ancient Sirmium, present-day Sremska Mitrovica, northern Serbia. [587×960]

Close-up portrait of a young rhinoceros viper (Bitis nasicornis). This incredibly colourful species is perfectly well camouflaged in the dead leaf litter of tropical Africa’s riverine forests.

Close-up portrait of a young rhinoceros viper (Bitis nasicornis). This incredibly colourful species is perfectly well camouflaged in the dead leaf litter of tropical Africa’s riverine forests.

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) – a freshly painted portrait from cultivated plants in the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden. [OC][1375×1063]

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) – a freshly painted portrait from cultivated plants in the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden. [OC][1375×1063]

Portrait of a white-shouldered ibis (Pseudibis davisoni), one of the most threatened ibis species in the world, classified as Critically Endangered. The species occurs in Cambodia and Borneo where it is threatened by habitat loss and illegal hunting.

Portrait of a white-shouldered ibis (Pseudibis davisoni), one of the most threatened ibis species in the world, classified as Critically Endangered. The species occurs in Cambodia and Borneo where it is threatened by habitat loss and illegal hunting.

Pen, brush in black on chalk sketch Study for the Family Portrait of Thomas More, c. 1527 by the artist Hans Holbein. Though the painting was finished it was lost in a fire and only the artist sketches survive. (2659×1878)

Pen, brush in black on chalk sketch Study for the Family Portrait of Thomas More, c. 1527 by the artist Hans Holbein. Though the painting was finished it was lost in a fire and only the artist sketches survive. (2659×1878)