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Thornback Ray

They occur on shallow, sandy to muddy coasts in the eastern Atlantic, down to 300-450 m depth. The name refers to the nail-like thorns on its back and tail.


The Shoebill's name comes from the extraordinary shape of its bill, which looks like the shape of a shoe. The shoebill occurs in swampy habitats from Sudan to Zambia, feeding mostly on fish.


They belong to the class Cephalopoda, which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses. Cuttlefish have a unique internal shell, the cuttlebone, which is used for control of buoyancy.


Starfish are marine invertebrates. They typically have a central disc and usually five arms, though some species have a larger number of arms.


A barracuda, or cuda for short, is a large, predatory, ray-finned fish known for its fearsome appearance and ferocious behaviour.


Chameleons are famous for their combination of independently moving eyes, tong-like toes, a long, rapidly projecting tongue, a grasping tail and, of course, their ability to change their color.


Budgerigars belong to the parrots and occur – sometimes in very large flocks – in dry regions of Australia. They feed mainly on seeds

Raccoon Dog

At first glance raccoon dogs look like raccoons. However, they actually belong to the dog family and their closest relatives are the grey fox and bat-eared fox.


The Echidna family contains just four species which, along with the duck billed platypus, are the only mammals which lay eggs. The grape-sized egg has a leathery shell.

Pygmy Slow Loris

The Pygmy slow loris, which is completely nocturnal, occurs to the east of the Mekong in South-East Asia. These small primates reach a maximum weight of 500g and can live for up to 20 years.

Red Panda

Hiding behind the beam is a Red Panda. Only few species of mammals show the charming, teddy-bear-like characteristics of the Red Panda, with hubby cheeks and its eyes, nose, and short snout close together in the lower part of the face.

Biodiversity Wall, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

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The Alte Nationalgalerie is the original home of the Nationalgalerie, whose collections today are divided between the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, Museum Berggruen, and the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg.

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The Thunder God

Kiitsu uses rippling lines to emphasise his Thunder God's strong form, giving a dynamic (and terrifying) 3D effect.

Ink bleeding

The technique of 'ink bleeding' is used to depict the sky through which the god moves.

Painting on panels

This work has been created on a fusuma (a sliding door). You can see how the work is separated by these panels.

Thunder God, Suzuki Kiitsu

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The National Gallery Collection contains over 2,300 works, including many famous works, such as van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait', Velázquez’s 'Rokeby Venus', Turner’s 'Fighting Temeraire', and Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers'.

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A stitch in time

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The Milkmaid
'The Milkmaid' by Johannes Vermeer, Rijksmuseum

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Artemisia Gentileschi
'Self-portrait' by Artemisia Gentileschi, Royal Collection Trust