2004 37¢ Madonna and Child
Issue Date: October 14, 2004
City: New York, NY
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 10 ¾ x 11
The 2004 traditional Christmas stamp displays Lorenzo Monaco’s lovely Madonna and Child (1413), painted in tempera on panel from a collection in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Lorenzo Monaco (ca. 1370-1425) was born Piero di Giovanni, probably in Siena, Italy. In 1391, he took vows as a Benedictine monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence, Italy. A Renaissance artist of exceptional talent and skill, Lorenzo did exquisite miniatures for choir books, and paintings on wood panels.