A commemorative postage stamp on the 500th Birth Anniversary of Michel Angelo :
Issued by India
Issued on Jun 28, 1975
Issued for : The Posts & Telegraphs Department feels privileged to honour this great artist by issuing a commemorative stamp during 1975 when his 500th birth anniversary was being observed.
Picture : Two paintings of Michelangelo at the Ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican : 1. Creation of the Sun, Moon & Planets and 2. Creation of Man.
Watermark : No
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 50 Paise each
Overall Size : 7.25 X 6.70 cms.
Printing Size : 7.25 X 6.70 cms.
Perforation : 14 x 14
Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 30,00,000 in sheet of 72 (18 Blocks)
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
Printing Process : Photogravure
Colour separation by : M/s Metal Printers Co., Bombay
Name : Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Born on Mar 6, 1475 at Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
Died on Feb 18, 1564 at Rome, Italy
- Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian sculptor, painter, architect, engineer and poet, born in Florence in 1475, was one of the greatest artists of all times. Though he started as a sculptor, he excelled equally in the arts of painting and architecture with magnificent skill and prodigious originality. His masterpieces in painting and sculpture, inspired by theology and philosophy, are superb, aesthetic expressions through the medium of the human body. A striking attribute which distinguishes him from his great contemporaries, such as Raphael, was that, while they executed their commissions with the help of disciples and pupils, Michelangelo worked alone and unaided. Even the tremendous undertaking of the painting of the frescoes of entire ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome was accomplished by him single-handed. These intensely moving and awe-inspiring frescoes, as well as the final gigantic fresco of the Last Judgement undertaken by him when in his sixties, again single-handed, had unsurpassed and incalculable influence on the art of his contemporaries and successors over many centuries. Every later artist attempting heroic expression through the human body has been inspired by Michelangelo’s frescoes, such as the Pieta, David, Moses and the groups of statuary in the mausoleum of Lorenzo de Medici.
- During the last lonely years of his life, the long-pent emotions of fervour and tenderness in the heart of this solitary and stern man, found expression in beautiful poetry that calls to mind the sonnets of Shakespeare.
- Michelangelo had an unconquerable heroic spirit for which he will ever command the admiration and respect of mankind. The total dedication of this supremely great artist to his work brings him close to the spiritual values held dear by thinkers of India and to the ideals of her ancient civilization.