Princely Treasures: Reliefs
Two precious reliefs by the Italian artist Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656–1740) figure on the new commemoratives which Philatelie Liechtenstein is issuing in continuation of the \”Princely Treasures\” series. Both these works of art have come into the possession of the Princely House von und zu Liechtenstein in the past few years. The bronze relief \”Christ on the Mount of Olives\” (face value CHF 1.40) shows an unusual iconography for which there is no evident precedent in the Gospel: Christ, after passing the night before his arrest awake praying in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, is shown passing out in the arms of two angels. The second, a terracotta relief dating from between 1710 and 1720, bears the title \”Christ\’s Descent from the Cross\” (face value CHF 1.00).
The Printer\’s Art – Art Print: Screen print
In the series \”The Printer\’s Art – Art print\” Philatelie Liechtenstein brings old techniques of the printer\’s art to life again, presenting unique works of art specifically created for this purpose by local artists. In continuation of the series the Vaduz artist Hanna Roeckle now living in Zurich has created two works of art by the screen-printing process: \”Crystal B\” (face value CHF 1.00) and \”Crystal G\” (face value CHF 1.40). Both these artworks derive from a series of irregular image formats in which the artist is increasingly preoccupied with surface area. Her colours are inspired by the mineral world, and by using the colours yellow, red and blue she has also made direct reference to the national colours of Liechtenstein. The 100 original prints are also available for purchase in the format 40 x 32 cm, signed and numbered.
The theme of this year\’s Christmas stamps designed by the graphic artist Stéphanie Keiser is \”Archangels\”: \”Raphael\” (face value CHF 0.85) is called the Angel of Healing and is considered the patron saint of the sick and of apothecaries. \” (face value CHF 1.00) takes his place as leader of the heavenly host and conqueror of the devil. \”Gabriel\” (face value CHF 1.40) is considered the interpreter of visions and God\’s messenger. Since the number of archangels was reduced to three at the Council of Rome in 745, \”Uriel\” (face value CHF 1.90) has been venerated only in Eastern churches. In representations he is generally shown with sword and flame. The gold print used in combination with gold foil in the production of these self-adhesive stamps gives the new Christmas issue a festive and noble effect.