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The 350th Anniversary from the Death of Melchiorre Gafa'

Description

Sculptor Melchiorre Gafa', also known as Melchiorre Cafa' was a Maltese sculptor renowned for his Roman baroque style. Born in 1636 in Vittoriosa, Gafa' was the elder brother of successful local sculptor, Lorenzo Gafa'.

Gafa' reached the pinnacle of his career in Rome in 1658 after joining the workshop of Ercole Ferrata. While in Rome, he was commissioned to sculpt various works, such as the altarpiece of the Martyrdom of St Eustace in the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. Unfortunately, on 4 September 1667, at the young age of 31, Gafa's life was cut short. Most of his unfinished works where then concluded by Ercole Ferrata.

This stamp issue depicts five of Gafa's works in wax, currently on display at the Mdina Cathedral Museum.

La Gloria Di Santa Rosa Da Lima
The 20c stamp features the bozzetto of La Gloria Di Santa Rosa da Lima which depicts St. Rose of Lima being crowned by cherubs with a garland of roses.

La Gloria Di Santa Caterina Da Siena
The 42c stamp features the bozzetto of La Gloria di Santa Caterina Da Siena which depicts St. Catherine of Siena gazing upwards while suspended on a blanket of clouds.

L'Annunciazione
The 51c stamp features the bozzetto the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary illuminated by rays of light.

L'Adorazione Dei Pastori
The 1.00 stamp features a section of the bozzetto of L'Adorazione dei Pastori and depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary holding Jesus.

La Natività
The 1.16 stamp features the bozzetto of The Nativity and depicts Jesus surrounded by Our Lady, Saint Joseph, an angel and other devotees.
  • Date Of Issue:
  • 04 Sep 2017
  • Designer:
  • Photography: Daniel Cilia Design: Sean Cini
  • Perforation:
  • 13.9 x 14.0 (comb)
  • Process:
  • Offset
  • Sheet:
  • Set of 5 stamps
  • Denominations:
  • €0.20, €0.42, €0.51, €1.00, €1.16
  • Watermark:
  • Maltese Crosses
  • Size:
  • Sheet Size: 185mm x 115mm Stamp Size: 31mm x 44mm

Issue Items

Issue Products

  • Items marked with a in standard issue belong to the standard issue.
  • Block of 4 Melchiorre Gafa 2017 - €15.53

  • FDC w set Melchiorre Gafa 2017 - €4.47

    in standard issue
  • Mint Set Melchiorre Gafa 2017 - €3.88

    in standard issue
  • Mint Sheet Melchiorre Gafa 2017 - €38.82

  • PP Melchiorre Gafa 2017 - €5.36

    in standard issue
  • SF w set Melchiorre Gafa 2017 - €5.06

    in standard issue

Issue Stamps

  • 20c Melchiorre Gafa 2017

  • 42c Melchiorre Gafa 2017

  • 51c Melchiorre Gafa 2017

  • €1.00 Melchiorre Gafa 2017

  • €1.16 Melchiorre Gafa 2017