Unicorns (Legend—Sea Calm)
This is probably Davies’s most famous work. It recalls certain decorative paintings by Albert Pinkham Ryder as well as masterpieces of the early Italian Renaissance, Symbolist murals by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and even Chinese handscroll paintings. The standard mythological notion about unicorns—that they will approach only virgins—does not seem central to the painting, whose theme registers as simply poetic and allusive. Davies showed his works with those of the Ashcan School in the landmark 1908 exhibition of the Eight at New York’s Macbeth Galleries.
Arthur B. Davies (American, Utica, New York 1862–1928 Florence)
Italian Time Travel Trip 1906 Italy was getting ready for the 1908 Summer Olympics when Mount Vesuvius erupted. It became active in January and culminated with an eruption on April 5th, when Vesuvius killed over 100 people and ejected the most lava ever recorded from a Vesuvian eruption ever. Government funds previously allocated for the Summer Olympics had to be diverted to the reconstruction of Naples, requiring a new location for the Olympics to be found. April 10 – The lava flow from Mount Vesuvius, which had almost ceased, starts again in the direction of Torre Annunziata; reached the cemetery of that town and then turned in the direction of Pompeii (again!). April 28 – The Milan International world's fair opens in Milan. It welcomed 4,012,776 visits and covered 100 hectares (250 acres). May 6 – The first Targa Florio, an open road endurance automobile race, starts in the mountains of Sicily near Palermo. The race was initiated by Vincenzo Florio and is considered to be the oldest sports car racing event.