1996 32¢ Angel Love
Love Series Booklet Stamp
Issue Date: January 20, 1996
City: New York, NY
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Lithographed and engraved
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 11.3 x 11.7
This "cupid," which was taken from the painting "Sistine Madonna," by the world-famous artist Raphael, is actually a "putti," or "guardian death angel." According to tradition, the putti are the angels which take the soul to its final resting place. In Raphael's "Sistine Madonna," the putti are waiting to escort the soul of Pope Julius II to Heaven.