Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Stamp Art

The Art of the Christmas Stamp
Works From the National Gallery of Art

In 1962, the first Christmas stamps were officially issued, and have since become a regular and much anticipated occurrence. Since 1970, two general themes of Christmas stamps have been issued yearly: one "traditional" and one "contemporary."  

This image is a larger version of the Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael (Forever) product.Many of the artworks that have inspired the traditional stamps are in the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. To showcase this tradition, the NGA and the National Postal Museum (NPM) have partnered to create an online exhibit, which explores the art behind US Christmas stamps.

The entire exhibit may viewed here:

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