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Virgin and Child by Jan Gossaert - Cleveland Museum of Art

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Name Value
Date of Issue October 11, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 400,000,000
First-Class Forever
Denomination Value $0.46
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.22 mm
Issue Location New York, NY 10199 (ASDA Stamp Show)
Postal Administration United States

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Doubled-sided Booklet of 20 (1 Design)

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Original Purchase Price: $9.20
SKU: 688700
Dimension: 5.74 x 2.38 in./145.80 x 60.45 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor, Overall
Layout Number: “S” followed by five (5) single digits
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About Stamp

On October 11, 2013, in New York, New York, at the American Stamp Dealers Association stamp show, the Postal Service™ will issue a Virgin and Child by Jan Gossaert (Forever® First-Class Mail priced at 46 cents) stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 11, 2013.

Five centuries ago, Jan Gossaert helped bring the genius of the Italian Renaissance to northern Europe. Today, his devotional paintings, rich in symbolism, still vividly evoke the traditions of Christmas.

This new Christmas stamp features Gossaert’s 1531 painting Virgin and Child. Draped in purple and blue, the Virgin Mary supports her own head by leaning on one of her hands, an unusual pose that art historians see as a sign of sadness and contemplation. In her other hand, a curly-haired infant Jesus draped in white holds a bunch of red currants, which scholars believe are meant to foreshadow his future suffering.

Gossaert’s painting is currently in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Richard Sheaff was the art director and designer for this stamp.

This stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.


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Designer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ.
Art Director: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ.
Typographer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ.
Existing Art: Jan Gossaert.
Modeler: Donald Woo.

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