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"Our Lady of the Rosary" by Guido Nincheri

Christmas

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 3, 1997
Year 1997
Quantity 88,721,500
Denomination
45¢
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13, 12.5 horizontal
Series Christmas
Series Time Span 1997
Printer Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $3.50
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $1.45
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Layouts

Booklet of 10 Stamps

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Price: $4.50
Perforation: 12.5 x 13, 12.5 horizontal
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

Pane of 50 Stamps

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Price: $22.50
Perforation: 12.5 x 13, 12.5 horizontal
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Ottawa ON
Perforation: 12.5 x 13, 12.5 horizontal
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

About Stamp

This year, the Canada Post Christmas stamps recall the history of the December 25th tradition. Entitled Madonna and Child, this issue celebrates the birth of Christ through illustrations of stained glass windows depicting the Madonna and baby Jesus. The design firm, Eskind Waddell, conducted a Canada-wide search for glass works of the Madonna and Child. Those selected represent different religious denominations and various regions within Canada. In each image, the closeness between mother and child is conveyed, giving the stamp a warm, human feel. Scheduled for release on November 3, these stamps represent the exceptional talent of three artists - Guido Nincheri, Ellen Simon and Christopher Wallis - and highlight a remarkable art form.

Created by Guido Nincheri, this circa-1940 work, entitled "Our Lady of the Rosary", adorns the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver. Born in Italy in 1885, Nincheri came to Montreal in 1915. A painter and designer who listed Titian and Raphael as his strongest influences, he obtained work with Henri Perdriau, Quebec's leading decorator of churches. In the years afterward, he went on to produce stained glass windows and frescoes for more than 100 churches in Canada and United States. Dubbed 'the church's greatest artist of religious themes' by Pope Pius XI, Nincheri was knighted by Italy in 1972. Twenty years later, he was also honoured for his contribution during Montreal's 350th anniversary celebrations. Ian Hodkinson, historian and professor emeritus of art conservation at Queen's University, notes that Nincheri painted more and bigger murals than any other Canadian artist and "brought tremendous imagination and details to these depictions". Beyond the work featured in this Canada Post series, Nincheri's celebrated works also include windows in Ottawa's Notre Dame Cathedral and Montreal's St-Léon-de-Westmount, and Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense.

Creators

Designed by Maggi Cash Designed by Gary Mansbridge Designed by Heiki Sillaste Designed by Malcolm Waddell Based on a stained glass window by Guido Nincheri

Original Artwork

Guido Nincheri, "Our Lady of the Rosary", circa 1940 Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 6, No. 6, 1997, p. 5-7.

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