Thursday, 22 March 2018

Passion Stamps

Grunewald's Crucifixion on a Cameroon stamp
Various countries have issued stamps over the years using well‑known paintings depicting the holiest of weeks. Paintings of course provide thousands of opportunities to showcase artistic representations of the last few days of Christ. Leonardo da Vinci, El Greco, Roger van der Weyden, Rembrandt and so many others have put on canvas their impression of the sufferings of Christ. It is amazing that so many non-Catholic countries issued stamps related to Holy Week, including Burundi, Cameroon, Jordan and many others. 
Set of Passion stamps from Burundi
The stamps are a meditation in themselves and offer a great source of comfort for many people, especially when used during Lent and Holy Week, just like a Christmas stamp has a definitive effect when used in the Christmas season, especially when sending Christmas cards to family and friends.
Malta stamp showing the Crucifixion statue
Austria stamp depicting the Resurrection

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