Release date: 19.03.2021
Printing method: Offset lithography and Recess
Perforation: comb 13¾
Designer: Kirsten Lubach
Print run: 200,000
Denomination: € 1.35
Sheet Size: 50 stamps
Size: 35 x 35 mm
Millstätter Lenten Cloth, Adam and Eve
The Bible in Pictures
A special sacred art treasure is at the heart of this brand from the series “Sakrale Kunst in Österreich”: the Millstätter Fastentuch, which shows motifs from the Old and New Testaments.
The parish church of Millstatt, formerly the collegiate church of Millstatt Abbey, which was abolished under Joseph 11th, houses one of the largest preserved canvases of the Alpine region with the Millstätter Fastentuch. On a size of about 8.4 by 5.7 meters, 41 scenes from the Bible are depicted in 7 rows. The cloth was created in 1593 by Oswald Kreusel (Kreuselius). It was painted with watercolors on canvas and is reminiscent of woodcuts by famous Renaissance artists such as Albrecht Dürer or Lucas Cranach. The fasting cloth is still in liturgical use, it covers the high altar during Lent before Easter. In the first row you can see the story of creation, including the motif of the special stamp, the fall of sin.
Millstatt Abbey was probably founded in the 11th century and was once a Benedictine monastery. Under Emperor Frederick III, the Order of St. George took over the abbey in 1469, and from 1598 the Jesuits led it until its abolition in 1773. In addition to the fasting cloth, the Romanesque cloister, the World Court fresco in the former collegiate church and the early Middle High German Millstätter manuscript, which is now kept in the Carinthian State Archives, are of art-historical significance.