San Marino post will issue a set of four stamps featuring art work of various artists.
The € 1,00 stamp depicts Botticelli’s work of art, “The Birth of Venus” (1485-88), commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici to adorn Villa di Castello in the Florentine countryside. In this work, Botticelli uses cold, light colours, with a perfect harmony between the painting’s linear rhythm and the plastic representation of the figures, the all immersed in an evanescent, dim light.
This painting, tempera on canvas (172,5 x 278,5 cm.), hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The € 1,40 stamp depicts “The Tempest” by Giorgione da Castelfranco Veneto. It seems that the painting was commissioned by the Venetian nobleman, Gabriele Vendramin, between 1504 and 1507. The subject of the painting has been interpreted in 36 different ways: perhaps it represents the infancy of Paris, or the nymph feeding Epaphus under Mercury’s gaze, or the finding of Moses, or perhaps it symbolises the illegitimate birth of the same artist. The majority of critics have resolved the problem, calling it simply “The Gypsy and the Soldier”, or better still, “The Tempest”, given that the main theme is really nature and the figures are just secondary elements. The painting, oil on canvas (82 x 73 cm.), hangs in the Accademia Galleries in Venice. The € 1,45 stamp depicts “The Supper at Emmaus”, painted in 1601 by Caravaggio, commissioned by the Marquis Patrizi and which now hangs in the National Gallery in London. The painting represents the episode narrated by Saint Luke, according to which, two disciples, on their way to Emmaus on Easter day, meet a stranger who joins their party.
Only at supper, after the blessing of the bread, do they recognise him as Christ resurrected. In this painting, Caravaggio has intensified his study of dense colours and the use of rustic models, depicted in a poor and dimly lit environment. The € 1,50 stamps represents the 1908 painting by Rousseau (100,5 x 80,5 cm.), painted during the last period of the artist’s life, entitled “The Football Players”, which is now located in The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The theme links back to the first rugby matches held in France. Put on display at the Salon des Indépendants in 1908, it is an ambitious composition where Rousseau attempted to express movement. He used real models, representing them with care, and in particular, he creates the notion of distance by gradually reducing the size of the leaves.
Title: Art master
Date of Issue: 26 July 2010
Country: San Marino
Denominations: €1,00 – 1,40 – 1,45 – 1,50