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This template is used to structure the metadata used by the Art of Life project of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. We (the Art of Life developers) plan to eventually use this template to automatically move images from BHL into the Wikimedia Commons directly, but for now we hope that it can be used to fully describe natural history illustrations and images in the Commons. We also plan to develop other templates which will closely integrate with existing natural history organization schemes on the Commons, such as Category:Phylogenetic tree of life.

Examples of images using this template are available on this template's gallery page; to see a complete list of images using this template, use this link.


{{Information Art of Life
 |url =
 |Type =
 |Agents =
 |Title =
 |Dates =
 |Description =
 |Source =
 |Subjects =
 |Copyright =
 |Inscriptions =

Template parameters

urlThe canonical URL for this image.emptyoptional
TypeWhat type of image is this? Most BHL images should be an "Illustration". We recognize the following values specially and link to the appropriate Commons category, but feel free to use your own descriptions: illustration, photograph, drawing, painting, print, diagram, map.illustrationoptional
AgentsOne or more "agents" -- people or organizations -- relating to this image. This field may include the image sketcher, painter, publisher, editor or any other agents involved in creating this media.emptyoptional
TitleA title for this image -- a short description of your choice.emptyoptional
DatesAll dates related to this image -- creation date, publication date and scanned date. Use {{Date context}} for multiple dates.emptyoptional
DescriptionA description of this image file.emptyoptional
SourceWhere this image comes from. Should contain a full citation for the image, including publication, edition and page number. For BHL images, use {{Biodiversity Heritage Library}} to link to the image on the BHL.emptyoptional
SubjectsA list of subjects in this image. A more detailed description of this field is coming soon!emptyoptional
CopyrightThe copyright status of this image. If "public domain", please describe how you know this image is in the public domain -- Help:Public domain may help, and Public domain has a lot of detailed information.emptyoptional
InscriptionsList inscriptions visible on this image. Use the {{Inscription}} template to add these.emptyoptional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

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To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please edit the template and add a row to the "{{LangSwitch|}}" construct. It takes the form "|xx= Your translation " (xx being the code of your language)


{{Information Art of Life | url =
 | Type = Illustration
 | Agents = {{agent|author|Richard Lydekker}}
 | Title = Orangutan 
 | Dates = {{date context|published|1916-01-01}}; {{date context|scanned|2008-03-12}}
 | Description = Orangutan sitting on a tree branch looking directly at viewer.
 | Source = Lydekker, Richard. Wild life of the world,v. 1, London: F. Warne and Co., 1916.  
   {{Biodiversity Heritage Library|url=}}
 | Subjects = ''Simia Satyrus'' (Linnaeus, 1758) (now known as ''Pongo pygmaeus'' (Linnaeus, 1760))
 | Copyright = 
 | Inscriptions =
    {{Inscription | Orang | position = bottomcenter | full form = Orangutan | language = en }}

renders as:


Orangutan sitting on a tree branch looking directly at viewer.

Title Orangutan
Object type illustration
Subjects Simia Satyrus (Linnaeus, 1758) (now known as Pongo pygmaeus (Linnaeus, 1760))
Inscriptions bottom center: Orang [Orangutan]
Date published ; scanned
Source Lydekker, Richard. Wild life of the world,v. 1, London: F. Warne and Co., 1916.
Sepp-Surinaamsche vlinders - pl 005 plate Dryas julia.jpg
This file comes from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and is available online at

This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing.

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Richard Lydekker  (1849–1915) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q444953 s:en:Author:Richard Lydekker
Alternative names Lydekker
Description British-English naturalist, geologist and writer
Date of birth/death 25 July 1849 16 April 1915
Location of birth/death London Harpenden
Authority control
creator QS:P170,Q444953