I added today to my "Mythologies of the World" my first Sunken Die proof signed by the engraver Charles-Paul Dufresne. It is a die proof of a stamp designed by Pierre Gandon and issued by Monaco on July 12, 1948 shows sculpture of Aristaeus, the culture hero credited with the discovery of many useful arts, including bee-keeping. The sculpture is by the artist Baron Francois Joseph Bosio (1768 – 1845).
This stamp is one in a set of 9 stamps, all show Bosio's sculptures. It issued in two different values and colors:
Next time I will show the rest stamps in the set which are all designed by Gandon and beautifully engraved by different engravers.
....and the last two stamps shows Nymph Salmacis, engraved by Jules Piel: In Greek mythology, the Naiads are a type of female spirit, or nymph. One of them is Nymph Salmacis, an atypical naiad who rejected the ways of the virginal Greek goddess Artemis in favour of vanity and idleness.
Quote: The Naprstek Museum is a museum of Asian, African and Native American art located in Prague, Czech Republic. It is one of several permanent exhibitions of the National Museum. The museum, originally private, was founded in 1874 by the Czech national revivalist politician Vojtech Naprstek in his former family brewery, as the Czech Industrial Museum. After his death the museum became the Ethnographic Museum, and since World War II it has been focused on non-European cultures. In the 19th century the museum was one of the cultural and educational centers of the Czech intelligentsia. Much of its collection comes from Naprstek and his friends who were Czech expatriates, travelers and ethnographers (Wikipedia)
Here is a set shows North American Indian items exhibited in the museum, designed by Pavel Sukdolak and L. Sindelar, engraved by Josef Hercík, Ladislav Jirka, Jindra Schmidt and Jan Mracek and issued by Czechoslovakia on June 20, 1966 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Naprstek museum:
20h. - Indian Village 30h. - Tomahawk 40h. - Haida Totem Pole 60h. - Katchina, Good Spirit of Hopi Tribe 1.0K. - Hunting American Bison 1.2K. - Dakote Calumet - Pipe of Peace 1.4K. - Dakota Indian Chief
The Hôtel-Dieu of Tonnerre is an old medieval hospital, now a museum, founded in 1293, by Marguerite de Bourgogne, in the town of Tonnerre , Burgundy, France.
The "Mise au Tombeau" is a sculpture by Georges and Michiel de la Sonnette located in the Hôtel-Dieu of Tonnerre. It depicts Christ lying on his tomb, surrounded by Saint Joseph, the Virgin Mary, Saint John, Saint Mary Magdalene, two Holy Women (probably, Mary Salome and Mary Jacobe) and Saint Nicodemus.
Two images of the sculpture, probably Mary Magdalene and holy woman, are the subject of the semi-postal art stamps, engraved by Pierre Gandon and issued by France on December 1, 1973 to raise donations to the Red Cross:
The Royal Monastery of Brou is a religious complex located at Bourg-en-Bresse in the Ain departement, central France, built at the beginning of the 16th century by Margaret of Austria, daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I and Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands. The complex was designed as a dynastic burial place.
Statues of Saint Barbara and the Cimmerian Sibyl, Royal Monastery of Brou, semi-postal stamps, designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon and issued by France on November 20, 1976 to raise donations to the Red Cross:
Paintings of famous visitors, designed by Auguste Böcskör and issued by Liechtenstein on December 6, 1982:
Kaiser Maximilian (1459-1519), King of the Romans from 1486 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 until his death, painting by Bernhard Strigel (c. 1461 – 4 May 1528), engraved by Wolfgang Seidel:
Georg Jenatsch (1596-1639), a Swiss political leader during the Thirty Years' War, engraved by Wolfgang Seidel:
Angelika Kaufmann (1741 - 1807), Swiss Neoclassical painter, and a bust of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, self portrait, engraved by Maria Laurent:
Fidelis von Sigmaringen (1577-1622), a Capuchin friar who was involved in the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and was martyred by his opponents at Seewis im Prättigau, Switzerland, engraved by Maria Laurent:
Member Rod222 sent me for the second time a great collection of engraved Czechoslovakia stamps. Several of them go to my engraved art stamps. Here is several of them:
Cabaret Performer, by Frantisek Kupka (1871 – 1957), National Gallery, Prague, designed and engraved by Jiri Antonin Svengsbir and issued on June 5, 1968:
Peace, by Ladislav Guderna (1921 - 1999), painting shows victims of nuclear war, engraved by Josef Hercik and issued on April 21, 1969 to commemorate 20th anniversary of world and Czechoslovakian peace defenders:
Josefine, by Josef Manes (1820 - 1871), National Gallery, Prague, designed and engraved by Jiri Antonin Svengsbir and issued on June 21, 1968:
Joseph Manes (1820 - 1871), the painter of Josefine, designed by Karel Svolinsky, engraved by Ladislav Jirka and issued on February 17, 1970:
Josef Lada (1887 in Hrusice, Bohemia – 1957 in Prague) was a Czech painter, illustrator and writer. Here is a set shows Lada illustrations, designed by Jaroslav Svab and issued by Czechoslovakia on April 21, 1970:
Autumn (1955), engraved by Jindra Schmidt:
The Magic Horse, engraved by Jan Mracek:
The Water Demon, engraved by Jan Mracek:
Children in winter, engraved by Jindra Schmidt:
Lada is best known as the illustrator of Jaroslav Hasek's World War I novel The Good Soldier Svejk, having won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1963. Here is a stamp shows Lada's illustration of Sveck, designed by Vladimír Kovarik, engraved by Josef Hercik and issued by Czechoslovakia on August 31, 1970:
Alphonse Mucha: Czech Painter and the designer of Czechoslovakia's first stamps.
Alfons Maria Mucha (1860 – 1939), known internationally as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech painter, illustrator and graphic artist. He produced illustrations, advertisements, decorative panels, as well as designs, which became among the best-known images of the period. He also designed the first banknotes and first stamps of Czechoslovakia shows Hradcany Castle in Prague, the official residence of the President, and one of the symbols of Prague.
Here are several of his great paintings:
Princess Hyacinth, engraved by Jiri Antonín Svengsbir and issued on November 29, 1968: Oskar Nedbal's ballet-pantomime, Princess Hyacinth, premiered in 1911 at the National Theatre, Prague, with libretto by Ladislav Novak. Stamp shows Mucha's poster advertising the performance features the portrait of the popular actress Andula Sedlackova, who starred in the title role.
The Slavs in their Original Homeland (detail), engraved by Miloš Ondrá#269;ek and issued on November 27, 1990; Mucha chose to start his history of the Slavic people in the 4th to 6th centuries. At this time, the Slavic tribes were agricultural folk who dwelled in the marshes between the Vistula River, the Dnepr River, the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. With no political structure to support them, their villages were under constant attack by Germanic tribes from the West who would burn their houses and steal their livestock.
The couple hiding in the bushes (not shown in the stamp) in the foreground as their village burns on the horizon are the survivors of one of these attacks. The fear and vulnerability expressed in their faces beseeches the help of the viewer. A pagan priest flanked by two youths symbolizing war and peace floats in the top right of the composition. These figures foretell the peace and freedom that will come to the Slav people when independence is gained through war.
Allegories, designed and engraved by Jiri Antonín Svengsbir and issued on July 14, 1969:
Allegories of Music, Painting and Dance:
allegories of Ruby and Amethyst from the series of "The Precious Stones" In this series, women personify four precious stones. In each panel, the upper part of the composition is dominated by the female figure, while the lower part features a realistically drawn flower whose colour echoes that of the particular gemstone. The colour scheme of each panel - including the flowing robes, the hair decorations, the mosaic halos and even the colour of the woman's eyes – recalls the colour of the stone. This lends a pleasing harmony to each image. The series contains four stones: Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst and Emerald.
During years 1968 until 1989, Rwanda issued one SS for Christmas each year. Each SS contains one stamp shows famous religious painting. Most of the stamps were engraved by the Belgian engraver Jean de Vos.
Last Christmas, in 2021, I posted several of these SS's (page 242 in this thread). Here are more from this series I added to my engraved art stamps collection during this year.
Adoration of the Christ Child, by Antonio Allegri da Correggio (1489 – 1534) - Christmas 1984: