I tri iatti di Corleone
Description by the artist
The colors of Sicily expressed in the Sicilian cart come to life in a carousel, animated by a family of cats. Two romantic cats take a carousel ride inside a cup … while a little cat rests happily, with its stolen moon, pampered by the movement of the carousel. Second firing ceramic painting. Once moulded and fired, the teapot was glazed and painted and then fired for the vitrification of colors.
Details and dimensions
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The work has the colors of Sicily and precisely takes up those of U carrettu Siciliano (Sicilian for cart). It was the means of transport par excellence in past centuries of the Sicilian people: both rich and poor. Basically it is a sort of wooden wheelbarrow pulled by horses. The peculiarity of the Sicilian cart was given by the sides of this structure, the sides, in which was almost always represented a scene of the Opera of the Puppets, representation of Sicilian puppets extremely popular since the seventeenth century (the cart itself was born around that time). Also, the cart was often very colorful in all its spaces, whether it was wheels, lateral woods, rods, etc.. Even the horse that pulled it, usually festive, was harnessed with brigth colors. Needless to say, its more or less its artistic opulence marked its social status. The scene the artist imagines takes place in the village of Corleone, western Sicily. Of ancient origin Corleone is famous worldwide for the film The Godfather. Immersed in a Sicily of wheat, vineyards and natural beauty Corleone has ancient origins with monuments and places of interest belonging to different centuries. Worth mentioning is the marvelous Bosco della Ficuzza (Ficuzza Wood) at the entrance of which is the Casina di Caccia (Hunting Lodge) built by the Bourbon King Ferdinand III (1799) and which culminates with Rocca Busambra, a sort of a huge rock 1613 meters high. In Corleone, among the stone alleys, you still live inside a Sicily of traditions, of elderely people with the coppola and of genuine food.
(photo) Corleone, the little town famous for the film The Godfather