Christmas (Madonna) 2007

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Christmas  (Madonna) Christmas  (Madonna)
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6th November 2007
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2nd Madonna and Child

1st Madonna and Child

Issued 06.11.2007
Christmas 2007 (Madonna): 2nd
Christmas 2007 (Madonna): 1st

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Stamp design and Background

The two Madonna and Child stamps, originally issued in 2007, are again available, and will be available every Christmas until further notice. These definitive-sized stamps feature two classic paintings of the image: The 2nd Class Madonna and Child painted by William Dyce, and The Madonna of Humility, by Lippo di Dalmasio, on the 1st Class stamp.

2nd Class - Madonna and Child, William Dyce, c. 1827. In pearly light, the sweet faced young Madonna cradling her child before a limpid landscape, clearly shows the influence of Renaissance art, particularly of the young Raphael. Dyce led the way and in turn became a supporter of the radical group of young English painters, the Pre-Raphaelites.

1st Class - The Madonna of Humility, Lippo di Dalmasio, c. 1390-1400. Extensive damage and centuries of repairs have dimmed but not eclipsed the grace of The Madonna, crowned with 12 stars, against a disc of golden light, recalling Saint John's vision of the Woman of the Apocalypse, "clothed with the sun", in the Book of Revelation.

Mint Stamps - Technical Details:

Feature Type/Detail
Number of stamps Two
Formatting Peter Willberg
Typography Peter Willberg
Illustration Madonna and Child by William Dyce © Tate Collection, London; The Madonna of Humility by Lippo di Dalmassio © The National Gallery, London
Stamp format Portrait
Stamp size 20mm x 24mm
Printer De la Rue Security Print
Print process Gravure
Number per sheet 50
Perforations Kiss die-cut simulated perforations
Phosphor bars
Gum Self adhesive
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