POSTCARDS HALL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

POSTCARDS HALL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION  

The postcards this year are dedicated to the restoration of the Hall of the Immaculate Conception in the Vatican Museums completed in 2007 after more than a year of work. The frescoes in the hall were painted by Francesco Podesti between 1856 and 1865 during the pontificate of Pius IX. The key event in the cycle of paintings is the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854, the common theme for all the paintings. The vault is also decorated with octagonal frames inside which there are more paintings, also work by the same artist, featuring scenes from the Old Testament and allegorical figures. The four postcards reproduce details of two of the hall’s frescoes, the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception on the south wall and the Coronation of the Virgin Mary on the east wall. The uniqueness of this series is also reflected in the stamp imprint on the postcards, featuring frescoes from four of the seven octagonal frames of the vault depicting Doctrine, Faith, Judith and Holofernes, and the Family of Moses Saved from the Water.