17 August 2011

New stamps from Italy…


Art and artists

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Posteitaline  has issued a Miniature sheet commemorating Giorgio Vasari , famous Italian artist on 30 July 2011 and a set of five stamps on Tourism on 23 July 2011. The four Tourism stamps feature scenic beauty of Italy with a stamp depicting the Tourism Theme.

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               Vasari's self-portrait                                                        

Giorgio Vasari (30 July 1511 – 27 June 1574) was an Italian painter, writer, historian and architect, who is today famous for his biographies of Italian artists, considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing.The stamp reproduces a part of the "St. Luke painting the Virgin" that Giorgio Vasari created around 1565 in the Chapel of the Painters of the Basilica of SS. Annunziata in Florence. The Lives of the Artists) is perhaps the most important book on the history of art ever written. In this work Vasari made famous the term 'Rinascita', or Renaissance. The Lives is an invaluable source of information about the early artists of Italy.

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            The Vasari Corridor passing over the Ponte Vecchio       The Loggia of Vasari in Arezzo

As an architect, Vasari was perhaps more successful than as a painter. In Florence, Vasari also built the long passage, now called Vasari Corridor, which connects the Uffizi with the Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the river. The enclosed corridor passes alongside the River Arno on an arcade, crosses the Ponte Vecchio and winds around the exterior of several buildings.

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Date of Issue : 23 July 2011

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