Italy issues three new stamps on Dante

To commemorate 700th anniversary of death

14 September, 14:49

    ROME - Italy on Tuesday issued three new postal stamps to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri.
    The vignettes chosen are very different from those used in the past on numerous occasions to commemorate the author of the Divine Comedy, all of which had been in a traditional style.
    As noted in an illustrative bulletin, the head of the committee for the study and elaboration of postal cards of the economy ministry (which issues postal stamps), Angelo di Stasi, a shortlist was selected of "contemporary works that aim to bring in new elements to the panorama of Italian postal stamp issues, conferring on the three stamps meanings that are much deeper than simply the mere commemoration".
    And thus for 'l'Inferno'' the choice was work by Corrado Veneziano, a teacher and expert of visual arts as well as language techniques, which evokes Buffalmacco, an artist who lived at the same time as Dante. The subject of the painting was inspired by his frescoes "Il Trionfo della Morte" and "Inferno", recently restored and located inside a Pisa cemetery.
    A work by Francesco Di Pietro, artist working inside the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A., was on Purgatory, in which " a modern Dante is shown on the train platform of the underground, with behind him human figures 'annihilated' by lit-up screens, who shake hands with each other and seem hypnotized".
    The rector of the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence, Paolo Bocci, drew Paradise: a young man with his head circled with laurel leaves engaged in an acrobatic move and with a pen in hand, encircled by letters and pieces of paper. The drawing was entitled "bearing witness". 

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