The collection to a large extent is exposed in the
fifteenth century Saloon: the handcart, the theater of the
puppets, the art of the shepherds, the
anthropomorphous ceramics, the devotional
The Handcart, risen almost as a symbol of
Sicily, is exposed decomposed in its different parts, to underline the care with which the craftsmen decorated
them, so much that, although it was a mean for the daily job, we have to consider the handcart as an itinerant artistic
Wheels, bars, porthole, boards and even the large case for the goods, everything was decorated with sculptures and paintings for the parts in wood and elaborate elements in beaten
Playbills painted (temper on paper) are exposed in the section for the popular
theater, the so-called Opera dei Pupi (Work of the Puppets). They were used by the
puparo to publicize the show.
The use of the image, that is the visual language, made the matter understandable to most of the audience, often
illiterate. Each puparo usually had one hundred playbills or more.
A Puppet made in the last century gives the idea of the dimensions and materials with which it was