Friday, August 07, 2009

A new cover from Slovakia

I already had the opportunity to write in this blog all the good things I think about stamps issued by Slovakia. The cover I received recently (thank you Milos!) is no exception.

First of all the envelop is in fact a pre-stamped cover with a 10 Sk stamp printed on it. This cover was issued on the 14th of June 2008 to celebrate the participation of Slovakian postal administration to “Planète Timbre”, the stamp fair in Paris organized by French post. I already mentioned this on my blog when I told you about my visit to the booth of Slovakian post.

The large stamp is really a nice once. It is part of a set of three stamps issued on the 28th of November as part of the Art series. The stamp pictures Saint Catherine, painted by Simon Vouet.
Simon Vouet (1590-1649) was a French painter born in Paris. He lived a part of his life in Italy and his work is mainly divided into two different periods: the Italian (between 1612 and 1627) and the French one (from 1627 until his death). This painting of Saint Catherine is one of the last ones of his Italian period. At this time he was strongly influenced by painters such as Caravaggio. The painting pictured on the stamp is part of the European art collection of the Slovak National Gallery. In 1907 the painting was thought to have been the work of an Italian painter from 17th century. However in 1977 an expert researcher from the Slovak National Gallery was able to show that in fact this master piece should have been attributed to Simon Vouet.

The other stamp is part of a definitive series issued early this year on the 2nd of January 2009. The stamp pictures the church of Svätuše, a Romanesque church built mainly in bricks that was reconstructed in the second half of the 15th century.

This stamp has the particularity to be one of the first stamps issued by Slovakia with a denomination is Euro, as all stamps issued by this country since the beginning of the year.

A very nice cover, don’t you think so?
Inside the cover, I found a souvenir sheet that Milos sent to me.

This souvenir sheet has been issued on the 15th of June 2009 to celebrate the inauguration of Ivan Gasparovic into his second electoral term as president of the Slovakian republic. Born in 1941 he was first elected in 2004. The stamp pictures a portrait of the president. It is covered with gold foil, hence this dark aspect on the scan. The label on the left pictures the coat of arms of Slovakia that I already described here. The label on the right pictures the flag of the president which reuses the same design.

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