Art of Slovakia stamp issue

This Slovak stamp is dedicated to the painting of Anna Selbdritt from Roznava.

The painting of Anna Selbdritt from Roznava (1513), in literature also known under the name of Metercia from Roznava, is one of the most famous works of art of the late Gothic period in Slovakia. The group of St. Anne with her daughter Virgin Mary and a grandchild - Jesus - among them belonged to the most common themes of paintings around 1500.

Metercia from Roznava shows the landscape scenes with images of mining life. And so on this panel one can see a man, on the threshold of modern times, and his images of mechanisms necessary for mining of ores and precious metals, including pulleys, wagons and some works such as ore conveying, smelting and so on. The whole scene is overseen from the middle of the clouds by the half-figure of God the Father, while there are a few angels behind St. Anne climbing the tree on the left. This theme probably comes from the Old Testament, which speaks of wealth that "one cannot search for in a treetop, but in its roots" (Daniel 4).

The panel painting of Roznava integrates several meanings: Saint Anne is the patron saint of miners, who had their work illustrated in scenes behind the central group. From this perspective, it represents an immediate bond with the local environment. The tree on the left is moralistic-religious imagery and parallel to the work of miners mining precious metals. Finally - a promising landscape behind the central group represents one of the earliest attempts to illustrate the cultural landscape in painting art - the natural environment inhabited and used by man.

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