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28 November 1988
7/1988
Commemorative Issue

Christmas 1988

Cyprus
Presentation of Christ at the Temple  

Presentation of Christ at the Temple

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Wall-painting in the Church of the Holy Cross tou Agiasmati. The paintings in this Church were painted, according to the dedicatory inscription written under the painting of the Presentation, by the artist Philip Goul. Unfortunately the date recorded in the inscription was destroyed but it is believed they were painted probably in 1494 or 1505. In the Presentation, as well as in other wall-paintings in this Church, the artist combines the Byzantine tradition with western art. Here there is an obvious effort to show perspective, especially in the buildings in the background. This effort is not always successful, but the harmonious colours combined with naive realism make the painting interesting and pleasing.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

The Virgin and Child  

The Virgin and Child

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Wall-painting in the vault of the niche in the east wall of the Chapel of the Akathistos Hymnos of the Monastery of St. John Lampadistis at Kalopanayiotis. The Virgin is depicted seated on a throne with a rectangular shaped backrest with her feet on a foot-stool. She is depicted full-face with Christ on her knees, holding Him by the left shoulder and the right leg. Christ is raising His right hand while in His left He is holding a scroll. Two six-winged Angels are guarding the Virgin and Christ. The unknown painter, influenced by the Italian painting of his time, is trying to create perspective in the picture. This is obvious in the shape of the throne and the posture of the Virgin. The soft modeling of the folds in the robes also indicates the Italian influence. The painting dates from the end of the 15th century.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

The Adoration of the Magi  

The Adoration of the Magi

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Wall-painting in the main Church of the Monastery of St. John Lampadistis at Kalopanayiotis. The old main Church of this monastery, which was build in the 11th century, was extensively redecorated in the 15th century with a large number of scenes from Christ's life. This, in addition to the wall-painting of the Nativity in the western vault, the Adoration of the Magi is depicted as a separate picture. The Virgin is seated on a wooden throne without a back-rest, offering Christ for adoration to the Magi in front of a background of buildings. The Three Magi are kneeling and offering their gifts. Although the style of the painting is strictly Byzantine, the wall-painting is not entirely uninfluenced by western art. The way in which the Virgin holds Christ, the omission of cushions on the throne and the modeling of the figures betray the western influence. The painting dates from the 15th century.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Christmas 1988

Technical Information

Designer: G. Simonis
Size: 40 x 30 mm
Quantities:
c5: 300000
c15: 2500000
c17: 200000
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