National Geographic : 1955 Jan
© National Geographic Society 15 Kodachromes by Luis Marden, National Geographic Staff Painted Wagons Portray Sicily's Fight Against the Moors and Normans Folk art reaches a high point in the island's wagons. Each new cart costs weeks of painstaking work with wood and wrought iron. In Bagheria, near Palermo, the five Ducato brothers specialize in cart painting. Working in relays, they finish a job in a few days. One brother (opposite) applies striping to wheel spokes that carry costumed figures in high relief. Another (below) paints scenes of chivalry from the time of Charlemagne. Above: A completed cart rolls through Catania on a feast day. The horse wears harness as elaborate as the wagon.