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07 August 2020

Raphael 500th Death Anniversary

Palau: Raphael 500th Death Anniversary, 7 August 2020. Images from Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation.

Technical Specifications:

Country: Palau
Topic: Raphael, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, Italian Painter, Art, History Of Art
Item Number: PAL2005SH
Date of Issue: 07-Aug-20
Printing Method: Offset lithography

Souvenir Sheet:

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (March 28 or April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his early death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. After his early years in Rome, much of his work was executed by his workshop from his drawings, with considerable loss of quality. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.

After his death, the influence of his great rival Michelangelo was more widespread until the 18th and 19th centuries, when Raphael’s more serene and harmonious qualities were again regarded as the highest models. His career falls naturally into three phases and three styles, first described by Giorgio Vasari: his early years in Umbria, then a period of about four years (1504–1508) absorbing the artistic traditions of Florence, followed by his last hectic and triumphant twelve years in Rome, working for two Popes and their close associates.

The Republic of Palau currently utilizes the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation as its stamp production agent.  As a result, many of its issues have little to no relevance with topics related to the island.

2 thoughts on “New Issues 2020: Palau (Raphael)

  1. Alan Dinnison says:

    Rather disappointing that a remote Island like Palau has been drawn into the production and issuance of stamps that have absolutely no link or relationship to the island, its history or culture, but rather this option has been agreed to as a source of income, while losing control of Palau Philately. Sad really.

    • Mark Joseph Jochim says:

      Like them or not, agencies such as IGPC and Stamperija are here to stay as postal administrations worldwide are eager to sign away their control of stamp designs in order to make a little extra cash. At least Palau, the Marshall Islands and a few others under the IGPC umbrella still release relatively few issues per year compared to the Stamperija onslaught which is unrelenting. The designs also are a bit better rendered despite their irrelevance (largely) to local culture and history and usual unavailability in the entities themselves.

      As with all branches of this multi-varied hobby, collect what you want and ignore the rest. Nobody is forcing anybody to purchase this material. But enough do to make the agencies thrive and the issuing entities, as a result, continue to renew their contracts year after year.

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