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Five centuries ago, Francesco d’Ubertino Verdi (1494–1557), the Italian Renaissance painter known as Bachiacca, proved himself to be a versatile and popular Florentine artist. Today, his work still vividly evokes the timeless traditions of Christmas.
This Christmas stamp features a detail of Bachiacca’s oil-and-gold-on-panel painting Madonna and Child, which dates from the early 1520s, showing the Christ child clutching a bouquet of jasmine, a symbol of divine love, alongside the Virgin Mary’s profile, left shoulder, and right hand.
This painting is part of the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. William J. Gicker served as art director for this issuance, and Greg Breeding was the designer.
This stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA.
SKUs featured on this page: 682204
|Issue:||“Madonna and Child” by Bachiacca Stamp|
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Format:||Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||October 3, 2018, Santa Fe, NM 87501|
|Art Director:||William J. Gicker, Washington, DC|
|Designer:||Greg Breeding, Charlotesville, VA|
|Typographer:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74|
|Stamps per Booklet:||20|
|Print Quantity:||300,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Colors:||Pantone 8003, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm|
|Stamp Size (w x h):||0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm|
|Full Booklet Size (w x h):||5.743 x 2.375 in./145.872 x 60.325 mm|
|Press Sheet Size (w x h):||11.486 x 9.5 in./ 291.74 x 241.3 mm|
|Plate Size:||800 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“B” followed by five (5) single digits|
|Front:||Header: “Madonna and Child by Bachiacca” Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • USPS logo • Barcode • Plate number in peel strip area|
|Back:||©2018 USPS in peel strip area • Promotional text in peel strip area|
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