Joint Issue Germany - Vatican City Christmas - Booklet

Joint Issue Germany - Vatican City Christmas - Booklet  

The stamps for Christmas 2008 depict the Birth of Christ and the Adoration of the Magi, works by Albrecht Dürer e Raffaello Sanzio, two of the greatest painters of the Renaissance. In the central altar piece of Paumgartner, dating around 1498, Dürer places the birth of Christ in a built environment shown in perspective where Mary and the Child are presented to the viewer in a type of “frame” and highlighted by the surrounding architecture. The altar was commissioned by a noble family, Paumgartner of Nuremberg, whose family members are clearly visible as tiny figures who are participants in the event displayed. The artwork is currently kept at the Alte Pinakothek of Munich. The Vatican fresco is based on a sketch by Raffaello and is part of the complex artistic work of the third loggia in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican City (1517 - 1519). Inspired by the decoration of ancient buildings, Raffaello’s workshop adorned the walls and ceilings with works in stucco and paintings in grotesque style with many biblical representations, including the Adoration of the Magi.