Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Mail 2013 - 13

Cover from Great Britain. One of my favourites. This one has the Complete set of the seven 2013 Christmas stamps of GB with the Special Pictorial Postmark: "Diwrnod Cyhoeddi Cyntaf, First Day of Issue, Bethlehem, Llandeilo, 5.11.2013"

First Class Stamp (Artwork by Francesco Granacci), Small and Large
In Madonna and Child (c.1520), painted in the High Renaissance style, Francesco Granacci depicts the Virgin in her traditional garments of red and blue, earthly and divine, while the bird in Christ’s hand alludes to the coming Passion.
Second Class Stamp (Artwork by Antoniazzo Romano), Small and Large
In Antoniazzo Romano’s Virgin and Child with the young St John the Baptist (c.1460–80), in the Early Renaissance style, Mary holds Jesus on her left arm and points towards him with her right, indicating that he is the way to salvation.
88p Stamp (Artwork by Jacques-Louis David)
Jacques-Louis David’s St Roch Praying to the Virgin for an End to the Plague (1780), which is painted in the neoclassical style, is a deeply Catholic painting, depicting the Virgin Mary in her role as protector and intercessor.
£1.28 Stamp (Artwork by William-Adolphe Bouguereau)
In La Vierge au Lys (1899), painted in the French Academic style by William - Adolphe Bouguereau, the Virgin and Child are enthroned, with Jesus held close by his mother, his outstretched arms suggestive of the crucifixion to come.
£1.88 Stamp (Artwork by Fadi Makhail)
In Theotokos, Mother of God by Fadi Mikhail, which is painted in the Neo-Coptic style, Christ’s white tunic indicates his divinity, while the Virgin Mary’s blue mantle likens her to the sky, as in the icon of The Flight into Egypt.
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