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"Virgin and Child" by the Master of the Castello Nativity.

Christmas 2016


"Virgin and Child" by the Master of the Castello Nativity.



Date of Issue

November 1, 2016




Postal Administration



Christmas 2016

Series Time Span


Perforation or Dimension

26 mm x 32 mm


Canadian Bank Note


DESIGNER: Louise Méthé. PAINTING: Courtesy of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Original Artwork

Master of the Castello Nativity


Booklet of 12 PermanentTM Domestic Stamps

Quantity Produced - 650,000
Original Price: $10.20
Dimension: 26 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 9,000
Cancellation Location: Montréal QC
Original Price: $1.85
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm

About Stamp

This stamp depicts the Virgin and Child, which was painted around 1460 by a highly esteemed painter from Florence, Italy, known only as the Master of the Castello Nativity. This rare painting uses gold and tempera, a pigment common until the advent of oil paint, whose many layers create intense colours. Virgin and Child is part of a generous donation of paintings made by Michal and Renata Hornstein to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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