(31-05-2019) 25° ANN. RESTAURO CAPPELLA SISTINA - FOGLIETTO

(31-05-2019) 25° ANN. RESTAURO CAPPELLA SISTINA - FOGLIETTO

€1.60
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25 years ago the complex restoration work on the Sistine Chapel frescoes came to a conclusion, finishing a project that began in 1980. The Philatelic Office of the Vatican will dedicate a miniature sheet with three values showing details of Michelangelo’s Last Judgement that adorns the altar wall. The restoration has revived the sharpness of the colors, the dynamism of the forms, the rendering of the details and the overall unity of the artwork damaged over time by the altar candle smoke and the substances applied to give greater brightness to the frescoes. All the figures in the work participate actively and emotionally in the Last Judgement with facial expressions, arm and hand gestures showing dismay, anguish and fear. The scene develops around the central figures of Christ the Judge and the Virgin Mary, as reproduced on the € 1.10 value. At their feet appearing in a prominent position are St. Lawrence holding the gridiron and St. Bartholomew holding his skin in hand where an anamorphic self-portrait of Michelangelo has been recognized. In the group on the left, St. Andrew can be seen from behind with a cross in hand and St. John the Baptist with a camel hair cape, as depicted on the € 0.25 value. The other value shows instead St. Peter in the foreground with keys in hand and his eyes wide open with a worried expression. Behind him St. Paul stands out, recognizable with his beard and red cape. The graphic composition shows the efforts made to use as much discretion as possible in order to leave room for the astonishing beauty of the frescoes by Michelangelo.

SF3863

Data sheet

Number of values
3
Face values
€ 0.25- € 1.10- € 0.25
Format
33 x 56 mm
Perforation
13 ¼ x 13 ¼
Souvenir sheet size
120 x 90 mm
Printer
Cartor (Francia)
Price of the Souvenir sheet
Euro 1.60
Max. total printing
60,000 Souvenir sheets