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Florentine Madonna and Child

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 18, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 300,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail, Forever
Denomination Value $0.47
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in.⁄23.11 x 30.23 mm
Issue Location Washington, DC 20002
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Double-sided Booklet of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 15,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.40
SKU: 681304
Dimension: 5.76 x 2.38 in.⁄146.30 x 60.45 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville , NY
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Layout Number: “P” followed by five (5) single digits

Press Sheet With Die-Cuts

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $75.20
SKU: 681306

First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.91
SKU: 681316

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.62
SKU: 681321

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 681330

Digital Color Postmark Keepsake

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $11.95
SKU: 681310

Framed Art

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $19.95
SKU: 681324

About Stamp

On October 11, 2016, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Florentine Madonna and Child stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 18, 2016.

This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, a 15th-century tempera-on-panel painting in the Widener Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The painting is dated to circa 1470, and its anonymous artist is known only as “a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino.” Art historians have speculated that the painter may have had preparatory drawings or close copies of the works of the masters he imitated, and that a relationship may have existed between those artists’ workshops and the workshop of this anonymous painter. William J. Gicker served as art director for this issuance.

This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, a 15th-century tempera-on-panel painting.

Clad with a white veil over her head and a red garment trimmed in gold and partially covered with a gold-trimmed blue cloak, a haloed Virgin Mary gazes downward and to the right, looking at a blond, haloed Christ Child while placing her right hand on his shoulder. Behind both figures is a hedge of pink and white roses, with blue sky visible through their thorny, leafy stalks.

Dated to circa 1470, the painting is in the Widener Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Its anonymous artist is known only as a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino. The art director for this stamp was William J. Gicker.

The Florentine Madonna and Child stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in booklets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Colors

PMS 8003 Silver, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Creators

Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC.
Designer: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22450. Copyright: USPS.

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