Christmas 2012 stamps from Vatican

The commemorative issue for Christmas by Vatican consists of two stamps and a booklet. The images chosen highlight details of works by Janos Hajnal (1913-2010), the Nativity of Our Lord and the Annunciation to Mary.

Hajnal is considered one of the greatest Hungarian artists of the 1900s. Most of his works consist of mosaics and stained glass of sacred subjects. He worked numerous times for the Vatican and for its Philatelic office from 1983.

His artwork is featured in a number of Roman churches (Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Church of Saint Leo the Great), the large oval windows of the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, the windows of the Duomo of Milan, and numerous places of worship throughout the Italian peninsula. Hajnal also became an illustrator of books through his collaboration with various newspapers and magazines. He was a multitalented artist and in 1998 was awarded by his native country with the highest honour in the field of culture, the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.

This year, the post of Vatican continued for the fourth consecutive year, the traditional musical stamp issue with a Folder called "Die Nativitatis MMXII", containing the stamp series celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ and a Compact Disc with a collection of classic and popular Christmas songs.

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