Collezione Maria Signorelli





Sicilian (Catanian, Palermitan ), Pugliese and Neapolitan puppets  





Life of MariaSignorelli

Puppets of Maria Signorelli  

The Puppets of Maria Signorelli - i fantocci

The fairy tales, nursery rhymes and films

Shows with classical and modern texts, films

  The ballets of Maria  Signorelli


Podrecca Fund 

Trieste puppets 


19th-20th century Italian rod and glove puppets

18th century Italian marionettes 

19th-20th century Italian marionettes 

20th century foreign rod and string puppets 

Eastern and Wayang puppets and marionettes

Sicilian, Pugliese and Neapolitan puppets  


Shadow puppets


Toy rod, glove and string puppets    

Seven trunks of stage properties

  Paper and card theatres, sets and characters   



Italian and foreign literature on the history and techniques of puppet theatre

Toy theatres  

Scripts of puppet and marionette plays  

Posters of puppet theatre productions and festivals

The exhibitions

This section comprises thirty items, mainly from Palermo, among them a Rinaldo of 1890 with a richly embroidered costume and workmanship betraying a mixture of various styles (the head, fist and the construction of the armour are Palermitan, while the legs are Catanian) and an unknown character, which was transformed by Podrecca and used as  Radames in Verdi’s Aida

A Catanian Orlando of 1880, some beautiful examples of Neapolitan puppets, such as ‘La Luciana’, belonging to the company of Luigi Di Giovanni of Naples (from the Circle of the Camorra), a rare puppet in armour, and some delightful Catanian toy puppets from the middle of the twentieth century. 

It is a small collection, yet its components are very varied,  also old, and mostly in excellent condition. 

The collection contains ten playbills, Sicilian, Pugliese and Neapolitan, dating from the middle of the nineteenth century to our own times.





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