rhyming with everything.
"Infanta Style", Vogue Italia, September 1997
Photographer: Paolo Roversi
Model: Rachel Kirby
Poster by Paul Berthon designed for the Salon des Arts Libéraux, ca. 1900.
Detail of one of 132 illustrations by Alfons Mucha for Robert de Flers’ 1897 book, ‘Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli’
The peacock was an early Christian symbol of immortality and the Resurrection because the ancients believed that the flesh of the peacock did not decay. Moreover, it was thought that the peacock sheds it old feathers every year and grows newer, brighter ones. This phenomenon was thus taken as a symbol of the exchanging of the mortal earthly body for the glorified body and eternal life of the glorified soul in Heaven.
This 6th-century mosaic of the peacock is in St Vitale in Ravenna.