Sunday, May 30, 2010

#296 Belgium...Thanks Thomas!

These 6 semi-postal stamps on the top were issued in 1964 for anti-tuberculosis work showing paintings:

50c+10c:Child of Charles I,by Van Dyck.
1fr+40c:William of Orange with his bride,by Van Dyck.
2fr+1fr:Portrait of a small boy with dogs by Erusmus Quellin and Jan Fyt.
3fr+1fr:Alexander Farnese by Antonio Moro.
4fr+2fr:William II,Prince of Orange by Van Dyck.
6fr+3fr:Artist's children by Cornelis De Vos.

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England. He is most famous for his portraits of King Charles I of England and Scotland and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draftsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching.

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