Thursday, October 18, 2012

Painting - Joint Issue Spain and Austria 2009


Spanish Post  and Austria Post has joint to launched the one souvenir sheet  consist of two postage stamp which depicted the painting theme on  October 22, 2009. The paintings feature are Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress and Las Meninas that are painted by a Spanish painter , Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez.

Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress
Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress is a one of the best known portraits by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. It was done in oil on canvas, and measures 127 cm high by 107 cm wide. It was one of his last paintings, produced in 1659, a year before his death.
This is one of the several court portraits made by Velázquez, who, in different occasions portrayed Infanta Margaret Theresa, who married at fifteen her uncle, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor.

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez  was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family, other notable European figures, and commoners, culminating in the production of his masterpiece Las Meninas (1656).

Las Meninas
Las Meninas (Spanish for The Maids of Honour) is a 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez, the leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The work's complex and enigmatic composition raises questions about reality and illusion, and creates an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. Because of these complexities, Las Meninas has been one of the most widely analyzed works in Western painting.Las Meninas has long been recognized as one of the most important paintings in Western art history

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