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Ruota di carretto

Paintings Acrylic on canvas
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Description by the artist

This artwork is called Ruota di carretto (Sicilian cart wheel). The Sicilian cart, an explosion of colors, inlays and decorations. A work of art in motion. The wheel is its most significant iconography.





Details and dimensions

Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions (cm): Height 60, Width 50, Depth 1
Weight (kg): 0.5
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

U carrettu siciliano  was the means of transport par excellence in the 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 bright colors. Needless to say, its more or less artistic opulence marked its social status.

(photo) Carretto siciliano (u carrettu)

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