Friday, February 18, 2011

"Primavera" by Sandro Botticelli and Notre Dame Cathedral in France

La Poste issued this souvenir sheet of two stamps, devoted to Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), one of the greatest painters of the Italian Quattrocento, on November 4, 2010.  The issue coincides with the 500th anniversary of the painter's death in Florence in 1510.  It's his work entitled "Primavera", painted around 1482, which is reproduced here. This painting is without doubt one of his greatest masterpieces.  

La Poste also issued a fantastic souvenir sheet on Paris.  This issue forms part of the now annual French series on European capitals.  As in previous years, this souvenir sheet of four stamps devoted to the French capital was issued in preview sale during the Autumn Stamp Exhibition held in Paris from November 4 to 7, 2010.  Four famous landmarks are depicted on the various stamps: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera Garnier.  Daniel kindly sent me this maxicard on Notre Dame cathedral, with the interesting First Day cancellation featuring the Eiffel Tower...

Millau Viaduct

Vraiment merci Daniel pour ce très beau courrier et cette splendide carte!  :)

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