CHRISTMAS 2013 - Åland - Vatican City Joint Issue - Set

CHRISTMAS 2013 - Åland - Vatican City Joint Issue - Set  

This year the Philatelic and Numismatic Office has produced a series of Christmas stamps in a joint issue with Åland, the Swedish-speaking region of Finland, an archipelago with wide administrative autonomy. The stamps feature work by Renaissance painter Bernardino di Betto Betti (1452-1513), known as “Pinturicchio”, in this year marking the fifth centenary of his death. Born in Perugia, his artistic talent was greatly appreciated especially in Rome, where he was educated and worked almost continuously under five Popes. Given the art criticism of the time, he remained an artist in the background compared to his other contemporaries. Even Vasari noted that, more than his artistic talents, he was able to satisfy “princes and lords, so that he quickly gave them finished works as they wanted them”. Leaving aside any artistic judgement in this context, it can be said that the numerous works and high level commissions are an expression of the personal success of this artist from Perugia. The images chosen for the stamps are taken from the frescoes, “The Nativity” and the “Adoration of the Magi”, located in the “Hall of the Mysteries” of the Borgia apartment in the Vatican Museums. Given that this is a joint issue, the Philatelic Office is also offering a folder with the Vatican series, that of the Islands of Åland and the first day envelopes (FDC) produced by both postal administrations.