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Christmas: Saint Anne with the Christ Child

Title

Christmas: Saint Anne with the Christ Child

Denomination

63¢

Date of Issue

October 22, 2013

Year

Quantity

9,600,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

Simulated perforation

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design: Louise Méthé.

Original Artwork

Georges de La Tour

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the right edge of the stamp.

Layouts

Booklet of 12 stamps

Quantity Produced - 800,000
Original Price: $7.56
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 26.25 mm x 32.25 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

OFDC

Quantity Produced - 11,500
Cancellation Location: Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick
Original Price: $1.63
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 26.25 mm x 32.25 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

This year’s religious stamp features a rare glimpse into the family life of Jesus Christ. While most familial paintings show baby Jesus in the arms of his mother, Mary, 17th-century artist Georges de La Tour places the swaddled infant in the care of his maternal grandmother, Saint Anne.

Anonymously donated to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 1991, the oil on canvas was part of the AGO’s European collection and was painted around 1645-50. The artist, de La Tour, was born in Vic-sur-Seille, France, in 1593, and died in Lunéville, France, in 1652. The painting demonstrates his signature chiaroscuro technique, with the candle held by Saint Anne creating a sharp contrast between light and dark.

Stamp designer Louise Méthé explored collections in a number of Canadian museums while designing the stamp. Familiar with de La Tour’s work for many years, she says the issue brought back fond memories of her own childhood. “I remembered de La Tour from art school,” explains Méthé, “but more than that, I knew him from my mother, who opened my eyes to art. She introduced me to his art when I was young and showed me how he used the light and dark contrast to give meaning. ”

Lloyd DeWitt, the curator of European art at the AGO, expressed his appreciation for the family theme. “I’m thrilled to see this important painting reproduced as a stamp, celebrating family and that special bond between grandparent and child shown by de La Tour. The pristine purity with which de La Tour renders the scene, and his use of an enormous candle to mark the advent of light, make this painting an especially great candidate for this honour.”

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Reference

Canada's Stamp Details (Vol. XXII No 5; October to December 2013)

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