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As I have written earlier, from 1966 until 1992, Czechoslovakia issued each year in each November a set of 3-5 art stamps shows artworks from different Czechoslovakian galleries. The following set, issued on November 2, 1992, is the last one issued in this long series of 126 art stamps and complete the sequence of posts I started on October 4, 2020 (page 81 of this thread) showing all of them.

The Old Raftsman, by Koloman Sokol (1902 – 2003), Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, engraved by Josef Herčík:

Czechoslovakia 1992 Sokol a.jpg

Still Life with Grapes, by Georges Braque (1882 – 1963), National Gallery, Prague, engraved by Bedřich Housa:

Czechoslovakia 1992 Braque a.jpg

Abandonned, by Toyen (born Marie Čermínová 1902 – 1980), National Gallery, Prague, engraved by Bedřich Housa:

Czechoslovakia 1992 Toyen a.jpg

In January 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the two states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Both states continue with the tradition of issuing engraved stamps show artworks from different galleries in each November of each year. The stamps are same size and same format like the stamps issued by Czechoslovakia.

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After Czechoslovakia, our next tour will be to Italy which issued great engraved stamps including art stamps. In this post and the next posts I will post several of them. Let's start with two art stamps from the 1970's:

St John the Baptist (Youth with Ram), by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610), engraved by Vittorio Nicastro and issued on September 28, 1973:

Italy 1973 Caravaggio a.jpg

Portrait of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), engraved by Mario Colombati and issued on November 25, 1960 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the death of the artist:

Italy 1960 Caravaggio.jpg

Artist and model, by Armando Spadini (1883 - 1925), engraved by Tullio Mele and issued on June 18, 1975:

Italy 1975 Spadini a.jpg

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We all know the Italy set of definitive stamps show Biblical figures from the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo (1475 - 1564). It contains 19 stamps in which only the four high values are engraved. The set was issued on March 6, 1961. Here are the engraved stamps of them:

The Ignudi, engraved by Eros Donnini:

Italy 1961 Sistine Chapel 1.jpg

Adam, engraved by Mario Colombati:

Italy 1961 Sistine Chapel 3.jpg

Eve, engraved by Vittorio Nicastro:

Italy 1961 Sistine Chapel 4.jpg

One of the stamps shows portrait of Michelangelo by the Italian painter Daniele da Volterra (1509 – 1566), engraved by Alceo Quieti:

Italy 1961 Sistine Chapel 2.jpg

The rest of the stamps in the set are not engraved:

Italy 1961 Sistine Chapel Photografure.jpg

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An attractive set, thanks Eli. Of the four engraved high values,
I really like the top three — beautiful! For me, the fourth, Michaelangelo,
does not portray him nearly as attractively as the painting you show.

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RogerE wrote:
14 Feb 2021 23:54
An attractive set, thanks Eli. Of the four engraved high values,
I really like the top three — beautiful! For me, the fourth, Michaelangelo,
does not portray him nearly as attractively as the painting you show.

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Thanks, Roger! Glad you like the stamps. I am with you about the Michelangelo stamp. Its very difficult to copy exactly painting to tiny stamp. If you look carefully on the Caravaggio stamp I posted above (Boy with Ram) you will notice that in the original painting the boy looks happy while on the stamp he looks little sad (or less happy :shock: )

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Ahoj everyone!

Perhaps Caravaggio's boy looks less happy om the stamp because he has been demasculated.

Meanwhile here is a beautiful recent issue from the Czech Republic.

CZR  E Hradcany 2020.jpg
Czech Republic Postage Stamp, E denomination, Prague Castle, issued 25th November 2020.

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Thanks honza, a beauty!

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Haha, Honza!!! :lol: I didn't notice that! Maybe I becoming too old!!! :D
Thanks for the Czech great engraved stamp of Prague Castle. I was fortunate to receive it on cover with tab which is also engraved:

Czech Republic 2020.jpg

I so glad the Czech Republic still keep the old tradition of engraved stamps!! They are all great!

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Eli, it looks like thr postal handlers did follow the request "Please DON'T BEND",
but didn't mind writing 1104/261 in textacolour on the stamp in the top corner...

On your behalf, I feel some annoyance and some disappointment at that...

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RogerE wrote:
16 Feb 2021 03:14
Eli, it looks like thr postal handlers did follow the request "Please DON'T BEND",
but didn't mind writing 1104/261 in textacolour on the stamp in the top corner...

On your behalf, I feel some annoyance and some disappointment at that...

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Thanks, Roger! It is not the first time they are acting like this. They ruined many stamps and I don't understand why, because there is an empty area on the covers they can apply their notices. Maybe they don't see a lot of stamped covers and don't think its important to us.

Two more Art stamps from Italy, both engraved by Tullio Mele and issued on July 12, 1978:

The Cook, by Bernardo Strozzi (1581 - 1644):

Italy 1978 Strozzi a.jpg

L'edera (The Ivy), by Tranquillo Cremona (1837 - 1878):

Italy 1978 Cremona a.jpg

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We are still in Italy with a set of two art stamps, both engraved by Valerio Puliti and issued on November 3, 1982:

The Fortune Teller, by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682 or 1683 – 1754):

Italy 1982 Piazzetta a.jpg

Portrait of Antoniet Negroni Prati Morosini as child, by Francesco Hayez (1791 – 1882):
Antoniet was the eldest daughter of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, a friend of Hayez

Italy 1982 Hayez a.jpg

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More Italian beauty - a set of two art stamps, both engraved by Tullio Mele and issued on February 15, 1979:

Italian Rural Landscape, by Ardengo Soffici (1879 – 1964):

Italy 1979 Soffici a.jpg

Virgin Annunciate, by Antonello da Messina (c. 1430 – 1479):

Italy 1979 Messina a.jpg

The Virgin Annunciate is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Antonello da Messina, housed in the Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo, region of Sicily, Italy. Probably painted in Sicily in 1476, it shows Mary interrupted at her reading by the Angel of the Annunciation:

xxx Messina a.jpg

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Two allegorical figures on art stamps issued by Italy on September 5, 1977:

Justice, by Andrea de Litio (XV Century, active 1442 - 1473), engraved by Tullio Mele:

Italy 1977 De Litio a.jpg

Winter, by Giuseppe Arcimboldi (1526 or 1527 – 1593), engraved by Alceo Quieti:

Italy 1977 Arcimboldi a.jpg

The above allegorical painting by Arcimboldi is one of a set of four paintings show the four seasons: (from left) Winter, Autumn, Summer and Spring:

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Still in Italy... a set of two art stamps, both engraved by Tullio Mele and issued on September 7, 1981:

Harbor in early morning, by Carlo Carra (1881-1966):

Italy 1981 Carra a.jpg

Evening (Sera di Festa), by Giuseppe Ugonia (1881-1944):

Italy 1981 Ugonia a.jpg

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Thanks Eli. I particularly like Sera di FestaEvening, by Giuseppe Ugonia (1881-1944).
Its management of light and contrasting darkness is brilliant.

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