Monday, April 25, 2011

Louis Le Nain - Adoration of the Shepherds

Louis le Nain (1593-1648) - Adoration of the Shepherds (circa 1640)
Great Britain Stamp issued 1967
Held at the UK National Gallery 

 Louis le Nain was one of three brothers who were famous for depicting common scenes from peasant life, during a time when many artists were painting scenes of excessive richness and plentitude in other parts of Europe.  This religious scene made it to a Christmas stamp in the UK in 1967.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Annunciation - Artist Unknown (Savoy School France)

Unknown Artist from the Savoy School (1480) - "The Annunciation"
France Stamp issued 1970 - 1 Franc

This stamp depicts a favourite scene from renaissance artists, being the annuniciation, or otherwise known as the time when the angel Gabriel came on down to earth to let Mary know that she was going to have a little baby Jesus.  

St John the Baptist - Artist Unknown

St John the Baptist - Artist Unknown (1592)
Bulgarian Stamp Issued 1988

This is one of two stamps issued to depict two cultural icons from the municipality of Kardzhali in south western Bulgaria in 1988.  

Heritage of Kardzhali (Bulgaria) - St George Slaying the Dragon

St George Slaying the Dragon - A Painting from 1841 (Artist Unknown)
8cm Bulgaria Stamp Issued 1988

This stamp was issued in Bulgaria in 1988, as one of two stamps depicting paintings of historical significance in the Kardzhali region of south east Bulgaria.