EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE  

Vatican City will dedicate a postage stamp issue to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This special year offers an opportunity to reflect and dialogue on the value cultural heritage has in our society. The series consists of four postage stamps featuring four sculptures found in the Vatican Museums. The “Belvedere Apollo” marble statue from the post-Hellenistic period (latter half of the mid-2nd century A.D.) is still considered one of the most beautiful works of all antiquity given its harmonious proportions. The “Augustus of Prima Porta” is a Roman statue made from white marble and found in the Villa of Livia Drusilla, wife of the emperor. “Charity with four putti” is a work by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in terracotta with traces of gilding, donated by Italy to Pius XI. Lastly, there is “Perseus Triumphant”, a marble sculpture by Antonio Canova made between 1797 and 1801.