Giovanni Toscani - Adoration of the Magi
Australia $1 Stamp Issued 1994 Christmas
Painting Held at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
This stamp is one of three stamps that was produced from the "Adoration of the Magi" painting that is held at the National Gallery of Victoria. Another stamp has been previously posted as part of this series on this blog.
This painting was produced sometime between 1420 and 1430. The painting is one of many artworks that have been purchased through the Felton Request, which was established in 1904 when Alfred Felton died, leaving a fortune of 190,000 pounds. Felton stipulated that half of the interest earned on the bequest would be used to purchase artworks for the NGV - the gallery has managed to purchase numerous works that are valued over a billion dollars now, as many purchases were made prior to the large increase in art work prices in the 1950s.