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Religious Art in Austria : Melk Cross

austria religion stampThe Melk cross is considered the most precious treasure in Melk Abbey: it includes a fragment of wood which is supposed to have come from the cross of Jesus and is, consequently, one of the most precious relics in the Roman Catholic church. As part of its “Religious art in Austria” series, Austrian Post is presenting the Melk Cross on a special engraved stamp.The particle of the True Cross, as splinters from the cross of Jesus are called, was donated to the Babenbergs, who resided in Melk Abbey, in 1040 by Margrave Adalbert. Melk was a centre of the Babenbergs’ power as early as A.D. 1000. Leopold II founded the abbey in 1089 and gave it to the order of Benedictine Monks, who still manage it today.

Issue Date: 17.03.2016 Designer: Peter Sinawehl Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 35 x 35 mm Values: €1.70

Young Art in Austria: Esther Stocker

austria young art stampFrom 1994 on Esther Stocker studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Eva Schlegel. She later continued her studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in California. In 2001 Esther Stocker was awarded the Austrian State Scholarship for the Fine Arts. She has also received many awards, having been awarded both the Anton-Faistauer Prize and the Msgn. Otto Mauer Prize – one of the top prizes for the fine arts in Austria – as well as the City of Vienna’s Fine Arts Prizeand the Paul Flora Prize.

Issue Date: 16.03.2016 Designer: Dieter Kraus Illustrator: Esther Stocker Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 50 x 31,8 mm Values: €0.80

Young Art in Austria: Martha Jungwrith

austria young art martha stampIssue Date: 16.03.2016 Designer: Regina SimonIllustrator: Martha JungwirthPrinter: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V.Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 50 x 31,8 mm Values: €1

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