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Collector’s Item

Michele Ducato

Michele Ducato was born in Palermo in 1972. He specialised in Applied Arts in high school and then took a degree in Architecture. Since he was a boy, Michele has pursued an interest in cart painting, an art that has been handed down in his family for three generations, starting with his grandfather, also Michele, who opened an atelier in Bagheria in 1895 at the age of 14. Working with his father Giuseppe, he is passionately devoted to the decoration and scrupulous restoration of Sicilian carts. The venerable history of this workshop is tied to the revivial and preservation of this art, with the aim of sharing it with an ever larger audience and making it accessible to young people.

Saint Geneviève

Enamel and oil, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm
The Sicilian cart and its traditional iconography are the sources of inspiration for the scenes painted on this refrigerator. The story of Saint Geneviève is the main theme: the front panel describes the episode of finding herr in the forest. Around the central oval that frames the scene, marvellous geometric figures burst with colour, emphasising the stidda (star) and mascaruni (sun) motifs. The fret patterns continue onto the sides, where the auspicious image of the ancilieddu (little angel) appears repeatedly. The trinacria, undisputed symbol of Sicily, graces the top.

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