National Geographic : 1934 Aug
NEAPOLITAN BLUES AND IMPERIAL PURPLE OF ROMAN ITALY ® National Geographic Society Natural Color Photograph by Luigi Pellerano GENZANO LAYS A FRAGRANT CARPET OF FLOWERS TO CELEBRATE CORPUS CHRISTI Skillful artists first trace the designs with lime water on the pavement. Then, in the afternoon, women bring huge baskets of blossoms and spread the brilliant petals. In the foreground is a religious emblem framed with yellow broom and contrasting red poppies. Next comes the Royal Italian coat of arms, white cross on a red shield, surmounted by a golden crown. Above it, floral artists are completing a picture of an ox and plowman beneath the word " Produrre " (to produce), an invitation to farmers to cultivate the land. As a climax to the festival, a religious procession advances down the avenue of flowers.