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One of the most famous Easter paintings of all times is by the Spanish artist
Salvador Dali, "Christ of St. John of the Cross", painted 1951, and
issued by -- among many other countries -- Nicaragua in 1968. The original painting belongs to the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington D.C.
The painting is surrealistic in the sense that the cross
virtually falls out of the frame and down on your head when you look at
It is, at the same time, a terrific, and terrifying, work
In my view this painting is not fit for the small stamp
format, as too many details are lost in the reduced
You can have a view
of the original painting here and make your own comparison. The link
will open in a new window.
At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth
hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice,
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani?", meaning "My God, My God, why
hast thou forsaken me?" [Matthew 27: 45-46, and Mark 15: 33-34]
"The Tenth Plague -- Killing of the First Born" [The Book of
Exodus: The Escape from Egypt], and "The Resurrection of Christ on Easter
Day" [Matthew 28: 1-10] mark the central parts of Easter after Jewish and
- Switzerland 1961. The Evangelists Matthew and Mark. The stamps
are part of a set of four, showing the four Evangelists.
On January 1st, 2000, Russia
celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the Birth of Christ by issuing this set of
four stamps and one sheet, that picture highlights from the rather short life of
Christ before Pilate.
Painting by N.N. Ge
Christ in the Desert
Painting by I.N. Kramskoi
The Awakening of Jairus' Daughter
Painting by W.D. Polenow
Christ in Martha's and Maria's House
Painting by G.I. Semiradsky
Christ appearing before the People
Painting by A.A. Iwanow
Here is an interesting cover, commercially used, from Russia
to Denmark, cancelled 10th October 2000 in Izewsk, the administrative capital
of the autonomous Republic of Udmurtia, located in the foot-hills of the Ural
Mountains. Such a cover does not often come around.
||My German collector friend, Gerhard Batz, who has reviewed
this page, has contributed this Slovak stamp, showing a modern
interpretation of the theme of The Resurrection. The stamp is part of a
set of four religious paintings.
It is based on the painting "Resurrection" by Vincent
and engraved by Martin Cinovsky. (scan © Gerhard Batz,
- Slovakia, December 1997: "The Resurrection".
According to legend, Pilate was born in Germany in present day's
a few kilometers from Nuremberg. In 2005 Forchheim celebrated its 1200th
anniversary of foundation, and on 14th January 2005 Germany issued a stamp and
a First Day Sheet celebrating the anniversary.
Front cover illustration from the book "Das
showing a fragment of a frescoe of Pontius Pilate, executed by Giotto di
Bondone, Capella Serovegni, Padua (Italy) 1305, in combination with a
photograph (top) from Forchheim (Pilatushof/Church of St. Martin), and
(bottom) from Hausen (Church of St. Wolfgang).
Germany 2005. First Day Sheet (Ersttagsblatt),
issued in celebration of Forchheim's 1200th city anniversary,
depicting a panoramic view of Pilatushof/Church of St. Martin. Click
here to see a close-up of the stamp itself. The link will open
in a new window.
In a series named "Personalities of the Romanian
Diaspora" the Romanian Post Office issued in 2000 a set of stationery,
six prepaid postcards based on paintings by the modern Romanian painter and
poet Georges Dumitresco, born in Bucharest 1922, now living in Lausanne,
Switzerland. Each card is prepaid with
700 L, and each of them were printed in 20.000 copies. The back side of
the cards is blank for the intended message.
Two of the
cards are secular paintings, franked with a photograph and a self-portrait of
the artist, respectively.
To the right are fragments of the two secular cards,
franked with a photograph of the artist, and a self-portrait.
Click on the photographed
portrait to see the full card with a painting of
and on the self-portrait
to see the full card with a painting of "The
Pavilion". The links will open in a new window.
The remaining four postcards feature religious paintings based
on the Easter Gospel. The paintings representing the prepaid stamps are
all painted by Georges Dumitresco, and of a modern iconographic nature. In all of these paintings the
artist's palette is loaded with symbolism of the bloody events that took place
around Easter 2000 years ago. Click on either of the links to see a
large version. The links will open in a new window.
For your convenience close-ups of the prepaid stamps from the four
religious cards are uploaded here.
Crown of Thorns
With these paintings, religious as well as secular, that are the first ones
by Georges Dumitresco to be issued by his native Romania, the artist has
certainly proved a very talented and skillful painter. His production is
very large, and he has held several exhibitions in Romania, Switzerland, and