Paintings from Princely Treasures – stamp motives for exclusive stamp issue

October 14th, 2015

The works of art from the collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein are coveted new stamp motifs. These paintings are considered to be one of the most precious royal heritages of this country and its unique culture. invites our readers to contemplate the beauty of these painting with a new stamp issue by Liechtenstein Post.

The Philately is presenting three paintings of the painter born in Antwerp, Jacques Jordaens (1593-1678), in its latest continuation of the "Princely Treasures" stamp series. Together with the great masters Rubens and van Dyck, Jordaens is considered to be one of the major painters of the Flemish Baroque, who apart from a short stay in England in 1641, spent his entire life in Flanders. His œuvre includes large-format altarpieces, genre paintings, mythological and allegorical scenes and also designs for tapestries.

Jordaens adopts a vigorous and colourful approach in his painting of "The Adoration of the Shepherds" (CHF 1.00). The painting in oil on wood from 1615 shows shepherds as well as Maria and Joseph gathered around a crib with Baby Jesus. The second work of art immortalised on a special stamp tells the story of "Meleager and Atalante" (value: CHF 1.90).

It was painted in 1618 and was added to by Jordaens himself almost 40 years after it was originally painted. Jordaens is best known today for his numerous large genre scenes based on proverbs such as the large painting "As the Old Sing, So The Young Ones Pipe" measuring 165 x 235 centimetres (CHF 1.40).