National Geographic : 1913 Aug
A PEACOCK OF ISOLA BELLA Among the terraces and the beautiful shaded walks of the Isola Bella strut a flock of pure white peacocks, which seem ever ready to welcome the visitors and display their beauti ful snow-white plumage. No Italian who owns a formal garden considers his domain complete without one or two of these graceful birds. A BIRD ONCE SACRED The peacock has been esteemed for its beauty from the earliest times. It was, among the Greeks, considered sacred to the Goddess Hera, and there are constant references to it among the Greek poets. King Solomon imported it into Palestine to add to the magnificence of his court at Jerusalem.