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Virgin Mary with Christ Child and St. John the Baptist

Virgin Mary with Christ Child and St. John the Baptist Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Virgin Mary with Christ Child and St. John the Baptist
Denomination
39¢
Date of Issue
October 25, 1990
Quantity
72,500,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
Christmas, Native Nativity
Series Time Span
1990
Perforation or Dimension
13.5
Printer
Ashton-Potter Limited.
Creators
Based on a painting by Norval Morrisseau Designed by Clermont Malenfant
Original Artwork
Norval Morrisseau, "Virgin Mary with Christ Child and St. John the Baptist", 1973 Indian Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Gatineau, Quebec
About Stamp
This year, Canada Post Corporation's annual Christmas set features the works of four native Canadian artists. Each one has depicted the nativity or the origin of human life according to their particular cultural beliefs. Jackson Beardy's "Rebirth" (Cree) is seen on the 34¢ GREET MORE stamp. It is a rendering of the beginnings of life and its cycles of existence. On the 39¢ domestic rate, Norval Morrisseau (Ojibwa) "nativizes" a classic Christian image in his painting "Virgin Mary with Christ Child and St. John the Baptist." The green stone sculpture, "Mother and Child", created by a Cape Dorset Inuit artist (believed to be Lutka Qiatsuk), is featured on the 45¢ U.S. rate design. And the 78¢ international rate stamp uses Bill Reid's serigraph on paper, "Children of the Raven", portraying the first human beings entering the world according to Haida belief. Montreal graphic designer Clermont Malenfant put distinctive backgrounds of metallic colours, textile, blanket or tapestry patterns from each artist's culture together with the artwork and the appropriate translation of the Christmas wish "Peace on Earth".
Reference
Canada Post Corporation. Presenting, 1990.
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