500th Birthday of Raphael, North Korea 1983

2283 Madonna of the Grand Duke

Scott #2283

Madonna of the Grand Duke by Raphael.

Born 1483 and dying at a young 37, Raphael was known as “The Divine” by his skill in rendering religious subjects. His habit of striking, bright colors and painting his subjects with a softness unseen before made him stand out from other Florentine painters.

Hard to see in this stamp’s resolution are the halos and cheery countenance of the Christ on his mother’s hip.

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