India on Michelangelo

A commemorative postage stamp on the 500th Birth Anniversary of Michel Angeloan Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of High Renaissance born in Republic of Florence :

Michelangelo : Sistine Chapel's ceiling frescoes

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 is being observed. 

Description of Design : The quadruple stamp shows two paintings done by Michelangelo on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican. The picture in the upper half depicts the theme “The Creation of the Sun and Moon and the Plants” and the one in the lower half shows “The Creation of Man“.

Type : Se-tenant Quadruple Stamp,  Block of 4 forming two composite designs in horizontal pairsMint Condition

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 50 Paise each

Overall Size : 7.25 X 6.70 cms. [Quadruple stamp]

Printing Size : 7.25 X 6.70 cms. [Quadruple stamp]

Perforation : 14 x 14

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive coated stamp paper

Number Printed : 30,00,000

Number of stamps per issue Sheet : 72 (18 Blocks)

Printing Process : Photogravure

Designed and Printed at : India Security Press

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

About : 

  • 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.

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