CNA Staff, Oct 12, 2020 / 23:07 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced the release of a Christmas stamp depicting an 18th-century Peruvian painting of the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus.
Designed by Greg Breeding, the stamp is based on a painting of Our Lady of Guapulo currently located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The image, painted by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru, depicts a carving which Ecuadorian merchants commissioned in 1584 as a Spanish copy of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The statue was originally carved by sculptor Diego de Robles, but it was later destroyed in a fire in 1936, La Hora reported.
“Enrobed in a pyramidal gown speckled with jewels and holding a scepter woven with roses and leaves, a crowned Virgin Mary looks down at a similarly adorned Christ Child in her left arm. A red rosary ropes across the center of her dress and down to her right,” the USPS wrote in its description of the stamp.
The image in the stamp is framed by a gray metallic border, and the word “Christmas” is written in black lettering above the image.