Christmas Stamps 2011 : Austria

\"\"The Vienna Cathedral and Diocesan Museum was founded in 1933 and is regarded as one of the treasures within the varied Vienna museum scene. Located at Stefansplatz in the 1st District of the city, its permanent collection displays art from over 1000 years, above all works from the cathedral and many other churches in Vienna and Lower Austria. The most valuable possession is beyond doubt the 14th century portrait of the Duke Rudolph IV, regarded as the oldest painted portrait in the western world. Likewise from the 14th century is the work shown on the present Christmas Stamp, the “Birth of Christ”, a painting consisting of seven panel paintings, by an unknown artist.

 

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