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Catalogue code: AS941
Featuring details from five culturally diverse Madonna and Child images in the Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, Neoclassical, French Academic and Neo- Coptic styles. These pristine stamps come in seven values, including First Class Large and Second Class Large.
Second Class and Second Class Large Stamp
In Antoniazzo Romanoís Virgin and Child with the young St John the Baptist (c.1460Ė80), 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.
First Class and First Class Large Stamp
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 Christís hand alludes to the coming Passion.
Jacques-Louis Davidís 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.
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.
In Theotokos, Mother of God by Fadi Mikhail, which is painted in the Neo-Coptic style, Christís white tunic indicates his divinity, while the Virgin Maryís blue mantle likens her to the sky, as in the icon of The Flight into Egypt.
Design Robert Maude and Sarah Davies
Stamp format /size Standard: Portrait 24mm x 28mm Large: Landscape34mm x 28mm
Printer De La Rue Security Print
Print process Gravure
Perforation 14.5 x 15
Phosphor Bars as appropriate
Number per sheet 50