The set consists of 4 single stamps depicting famous so called "Intellectual Pioneers". Also available on official First Day Cover and full sheets (1 x 8 stamps of each value: €0,41c, €0,50c, €0,64 and €0,75 to form 4 sheets in total). This item is available from 30th of June.
El Greco - Dominikos Theotokopoulos
Dominikos Theotokopoulos famously known as "El Greco" was born in 1541 in Candia, Crete. A friendly Cardinal invited him to travel to Spain where he settled in the city of Toledo until his death in 1614. One of his famous paintings the "Burial of Count Orgaz" is in the Church of St. Tomé in Toledo.
Galileo Galilei was born in 1564 in Pisa, Italy. He entered Pisa University but left without a degree in 1585. In 1592 he entered Padua University where as a professor of mathematics he taught until 1609. In 1993 the Catholic Church recognised the validity of his scientiffic work after previously condemning it and having him imprisoned.
Michaelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti was born in 1475 in Capressa, Italy. He was a renowned sculptor, painter and poet. In 1538 he was appointed architect of St. Peter's where he devoted the rest of his life until his death in 1564.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in 1864 in Albi, France. At the age of 14 he broke both his legs resulting in permanent abnormality as they ceased to grow. He was a gifted painter but his alcoholism forced him into a sanatorium in 1899. He recovered and resumed his life until he died in 1901.