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17 April 2020

Raphaël — The Virgin of Lorette

France: Raphaël — The Virgin of Lorette, 17 April 2020. Images from Phil-Ouest.

The stamp
First day Friday, April 17, 2020
Cancellation illustrated 1st day at CHANTILLY (60) Château de Chantilly, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 rue Connétable, 60500 CHANTILLY.
in PARIS (75) at Carré d’Encre, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS.
Claude JUMELET will lead a signing session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday April 17.
General sale on Monday April 20, 2020 Info
Face value: € 2.32 See prices as of April 20, 2020
Postage of the priority letter from 20 to 100g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (army)
Vertical stamp Total dimensions 40.85 x 52 mm Perforation 13
Full color
Printed in intaglio to 30 stamps per sheet
600,000 copies issued

Drawn and engraved by Claude Jumelet
From a photo by akg-images
Layout by Aurélie Baras

France: Raphaël — The Virgin of Lorette (philatelic souvenir, 17 April 2020.

Portrait …
Considered in his lifetime as an almost divine being, Raffaello Santi or Sanzio said in French Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) embodies in itself the classic perfection of Renaissance art. Major reference of Western painting for centuries, the work of this genius died at age 37 in a relative eclipse with the advent of the avant-garde in the early twentieth th century. The history of art has brought to light its constantly renewed vitality.

Son of an artist favored by the patronage of the Duke of Urbino, Raphaël received his real training in Perugia, in the workshop of the great master Perugino. In 1504, he produced his first masterpiece, The Marriage of the Virgin(Milan, Brera art gallery). A stay in Florence allowed him to learn the art of his great elders like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo . Established in Rome at the end of 1508, he received the prestigious order for the fresco decor of the apartments of Pope Julius II, the famous Vatican Stanze (Chambers). He was later appointed architect of the new St. Peter’s Basilica .

Commemorating the 500 th anniversary of the artist’s death, the issue of this stamp reproducing La Vierge de Lorette highlights the theme that aroused its most enduring popularity: Madonna and Child. Raphaël gives there the accomplished expression of his ideal of female beauty. Here he captures a moment of intimacy between a mother and her child, a game accompanied by the graceful movement of the arms. But the aerial veil is also an allusion to the shroud, in premonition of the Passion of Christ. This table was bought after 1850 by the Duke of Aumale with the collection of his uncle and stepfather, the Prince of Salerno. While considered a copy of a lost original, it has been recognized since its restoration as the original by Raphael from the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. It is one of the masterpieces of the Condé museum in Chantilly (Oise).

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From Phil @ Poste press release


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