A commemorative postage stamp on the Paintings of St. Aloysius College Chapel, Mangalore :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 12, 2001
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a postage stamp on the paintings of St. Aloysius College Chapel, Mangalore. The stamp depicts one of the panels from the central ceiling of the Chapel, showing the early life of Aloysius Gonzaga. The stamp is being released on 12th January 2001, as it was on this day in 1880 that the St. Aloysius College was inaugurated.
Stamp Layout and Cancellation : Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Five Colour
Denomination : 1500 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 4.82 cms.
Printing Size : 3.60 x 4.40 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 1.0 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
- The artist, Br. Moscheni, worked for more than two years on the paintings, which are believed to be designed after the Sistine Chapel in Rome. When the extent of these paintings is considered, one is left with a sense of amazement at the perfection of execution and the speed of painting which the artist must have possessed.
- Late Shri C. Rajagopalachari, one of the greatest exponents of the study of India’s culture and heritage commented thus on the paintings of the St. Aloysius College Chapel : “It is an education and an elevation. As you enter it, your heart is ennobled and you soar to higher things. Even the fanatic would shed every drop of his fanaticism in the face of such humanising glory“. Dr. O. P. Agarwal, Director General of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) who supervised the restoration work of the paintings in 1993 remarked : “The paintings are a labour of divine love and some of the finest paintings we now have in India“.
- Text : Based on material furnished by St. Aloysius College, Mangalore.