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Centennial of the birth of Pietro Annigoni – new Italian stamp

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The Italian Post is issuing a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pietro Annigoni, an Italian portrait and fresco painter.

His work bore the influence of Italian Renaissance portraiture, and was in contrast to the modernist and post-modernist artistic styles that dominated the middle and late twentieth century.

Annigoni became famed for his romantic portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. He is also known for his portraits of Pope John XXIII, US Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, the Shah and Empress of Iran, Princess Margaret and several other members of the British royal family. Other subjects around the world that Annigoni painted include the shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, Florentine author Luigi Ugolini, ballet legend Dame Margot Fonteyn, American actress and poet Vanna Bonta as a girl, and the Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur.

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