StampNews.com is glad to inform that Romania Post has issued new stamps honoring its masterpieces of Romanian Heritage. To be precise, this issue is dedicated to paintings and works of worldwide consecrated artists that belong to the Romanian heritage and are preserved in the collection of the National Museum of Art of Romania. The stamps were released on the 22d of August and are now available for purchasing.
The postage stamps of the issue Masterpieces of Universal Art in the Romanian Heritage depict representative paintings of two of the greatest European painters whose works can be found in the Romanian heritage, being exhibited at the National Museum of Art ofRomania. The issuing of these postage stamps provides an opportunity to honour the artistic work and the creative genius of these two great painters of mankind: Pieter Breughel the Younger and El Greco.
The stamp with the face value of lei 4.70 illustrates the work Spring (1565), while the stamp with the face value of lei 5.00 illustrates the painting Summer, both works belonging to Breughel the Younger and being part of the cycle dedicated to the Seasons. The thematic frame used by the painter is the bucolic image of the Flemish village in the Middle Ages and the seasonal labours specific to spring and summer (the cultivation of the land and the wheat harvest). The two paintings, as the entire cycle, are representative for the painter's style through the composition that combines the anthropic and the natural, while keeping a balanced relation between man, labour and nature.
The stamp with the face value of lei 7.60 illustrates a painting of El Greco, The Marriage of the Virgin. The pictorial composition is representative for the Mannerist period, by combining in a personal vision, the Catholic West during the Counter-Reformation and the Byzantine East. According to art critics, among the characters represented on canvas, there is also a presumed self-portrait of the painter.
The stamp with the face value of lei 8.10 reproduces The Martyrdom of St Maurice and the 10,000 Thebans, a version of the painting commissioned by Philip II for the Escorial. The subject matter of the painting is a dramatic episode in the history of Christianity depicted by the artist in a unique composition and association of colours, in order to illustrate the spiritual relation between the divine and the telluric.
An upper detail of the work The Adoration of the Shepherds, a special painting that knows several versions in El Greco's work, is represented on the first day cover of the issue. The version found at the National Museum of Art of Romania was painted around 1600 and is part of a series of religious-themed canvases made for religious purposes composing the shrine of Doña Maria de Aragon College in Madrid.