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The exhibition of philatelic art, the Brukenthal National Museum Discover the Flemish painting through the Romanian stamp

Iubeste arta! Muzeul National Brukenthal_Love Art! The Brukenthal National Museum

The national stamp opens the philatelic year of 2016 with the urge to love and appreciate art, the latest postage stamp issue reuniting Flemish paintings from the picture gallery of the oldest museum in Romania and one of the oldest in Europe – the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu. Suggestively entitled Love art! The Brukenthal National Museum, the philatelic project will be available for purchase starting from Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, in Romfilatelia’s shops in Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Timisoara.

The four stamps of the issue are dedicated to the Brukenthal National Museum, a cultural institution opened to the public in 1817, which became, for almost two centuries, the main attraction of those passing through Sibiu. Including a valuable collection of European paintings, many of which belong to the Flemish Painting School, the Brukenthal National Museum is an iconic landmark within the local community, but also both nationally and internationally.

The philatelic issue reunites four paintings belonging to Flemish painters, as follows:

Saint Jerome in Scriptorium is an oil on wood, done by painter Marinus Claeszoon van Reymerswaele and illustrated on the stamp with the face value of lei 4.70. Patron of teachers, students and bureaucrats alike, Saint Jerome is presented while working on the transcription of the Bible in Latin and having the revelation of man’s blessing as his passing to the other life draws near.

– The work of painter Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen, entitled Ceres, Bacchus and Venus, is depicted on the stamp with the face value of lei 5.00. With a mythological theme, the work takes on the idea of life’s joy, the characters’ pious attitude, the sculptural anatomies, the flat nuances and the juxtaposition of planes being evidences of the Caravagian style that Jenssens adapted to the local mannerism.

Lion in front of the cave, oil on wood, portrayed on the stamp with the face value of lei 7.60, was created by the Flemish painter Roelant Savery. His works depict landscapes inspired by the land of Tyrol, embellished with animals and plants, but also with mythological and biblical scenes in the background. Noteworthy are the still lifes with flowers and small animals.

Still life with fruits and parrot, illustrated on the stamp with the face value of lei 9.10, is an oil on canvas painted by Jan Fyt, a painter famous for hunting scenes and still lifes with hunting, hunting weapons or fruits and luxury items, so prized by the aristocracy of the time.

The issue is completed by a set of 2 first day covers and a set of 4 maxicards, while as page composition were used the sheet of 20 stamps and the minisheet of 5 stamps + 1 label.

Romfilatelia thanks the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu for the support granted in the accomplishment of this postage stamp issue.

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The story of the stamps issued by Romfilatelia starting with 2004 is a wonderful journey through the beauty and richness of Romania, illustrating scenic landscapes, renowned institutions, outstanding personalities of the Romanian people, traditions passed on from generation to generation, national values and symbols which carry the name of Romania across its borders. Romfilatelia and the national postage stamp remain your one way ticket to education, culture and knowledge.


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