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Issue Date: 13/02/2019
Issue Name: 500th Anniversary of the Death of Leonardo da Vinci - Angel cover design
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci 144 of his finest drawings from Royal Collection Trust are being displayed during 2019 at 12 museums and galleries across the United Kingdom. Each of 12 locations will have an exhibition of 12 of these drawings, before all coming together for an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, London. The twelve Special Stamps in this set feature a selection of his drawings from the collection acquired for the Royal Collection by King Charles II around 1670.
In association with the National Gallery Company, these wonderful works of art feature six 1st class stamps of Leonardo sketches. The image on the cover is elements of Leonardo's famous 'The Virgin of the Rocks' painting, which is housed at the gallery. Featuring our official first day of issue postmark dated 13th February, 2019 at Windsor (where the Queen's collection of da Vinci sketches are held). This is your chance to own a da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci
2019 will mark 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452—1519). Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, and indeed all of art history. His sketches, paintings and scientific drawings with his famous ‘mirror writing’ are still being analysed and debated hundreds of years after his death. Perhaps among his most famous creations are the 'Mona Lisa' (1503), 'The Last Supper' (1495–1498), 'The Vitruvian Man' (around 1487) and 'The Virgin of the Rocks' (two versions exist of this painting: one painted between 1483–86 and the second begun around 1491 and 1506–8. One version can be seen at the Louvre in Paris and the other at the National Gallery in London).
Born in Anchiano near Vinci, Leonardo was raised on his father’s family estate. He was apprenticed to artist Andrea del Verrocchio at the age of 15, receiving tuition in painting and sculpture, as well as learning aspects of mechanics and technical arts which would drive his interests later in life. In 1472, Leonardo da Vinci was accepted into the painter’s guild of Florence but stayed on at the workshop for a further five years. He then worked independently in Florence until 1481 with an extensive workshop in Milan and many apprentices and students. Sketches from this period and beyond also show a keen interest in technical drawing: pumps, mechanics, anatomical studies and military weapons. By 1483, Leonardo sought employment with the Sforzas who were the ruling family in Milan at the time. It was during his time in Milan that Leonardo was commissioned to paint the first version of the Virgin of the Rocks, however, there was a disagreement about the price of the painting and Leonardo sold it to another party and many years passed before he could be persuaded to paint another. While in Milan, Leonardo would go on to paint the Last Supper in the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazi. After travelling to Venice where the governing council sought his advice regarding a threatened invasion, Leonardo returned to Florence where he was consulted on architectural concerns regarding the church of San Francesco al Monte. He left Florence in 1502 to enter the service of Cesare Borgia, travelling and surveying the territories. He returned to Florence in 1503 and was commissioned to paint a mural for the town hall about the Battle of Anghiari. Though it was never finished, the sketches for this are still analysed and admired to this day. It was during this period in Florence that the 'Mona Lisa' was painted. Towards the end of his life, Leonardo was living in France, editing his scientific studies. A stroke had affected the right side of his body but he still continued to create and edit his works until his death at Amboise.
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Samuel West is the son of well known couple Timothy West and Prunella Scales. He's been in well known TV dramas such as 'Grantchester' and 'Mr Selfridge' and played Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden in 'Darkest Hour' the Oscar winning film of 2017.