Stamps Featuring Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

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The Royal Mail in the UK have released a set of stamps that feature drawings done by Leonardo da Vinci.

The Royal Collection holds the greatest collection of Leonardo’s drawings in existence, housed in the Print Room at Windsor Castle. Because they have been protected from light, fire and flood, they are in almost pristine condition and allow us to see exactly what Leonardo intended — and to observe his hand and mind at work, after a span of five centuries. These drawings are among the greatest artistic treasures of the United Kingdom.

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3 Responses to Stamps Featuring Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

  1. Josh Shupper March 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

    When I think of Leonardo Da Vinci, I think of one of the greatest artists that the world has ever known. Some of his most famous pieces of art include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the Annunciation as just couple of examples. There were many pieces of art that Leonardo Da Vinci created when he lived his life on Earth. A lot of people know about da Vinci mainly because of the paintings he made throughout his life, especially The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa as I have previously mentioned in this comment. To find stamps that have his work on them is interesting, yet I question how his pieces of art found their way onto stamps in the United Kingdom. The only way I think I could see this happening is that another artist must have created the art exactly the way Leonardo da Vinci did his hundreds of years ago. Most of the paintings that Leonardo da Vinci created are stored at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. An everyday person could have taken a picture or even the painting and copied the outline by putting a piece of paper over the painting. However, I am pretty sure that the Louvre Art museum would not allow that unless there is some circumstance that occurs to allow someone to take the pieces of art. To be honest though, it is pretty cool to see some of his artwork on stamps. At the same time, I find it strange that out of all things that artwork could be on, stamps would be the best option out there. It seems a little surprising to me that stamps would have artwork. I know that the stamps I have at my house are either the American flag or a bell. I think the stamps that are sitting near my computer desk in my house have the Seton Hall University logo on them now. Those are nice, but it is nowhere near where the stamps in the United Kingdom are at now. Maybe as a possibility, those same stamps from the United Kingdom will also end up in the United States within some sort of time frame. This is definitely something that I did not know about before the reading the short summary and seeing all of the pictures of his artwork on them.

  2. Edward Holzel March 22, 2019 at 11:55 am #

    Leonardo de Vinci is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Personally, I do not know nearly the amount I should know about his famous works. The idea of putting his works on stamps could be interpreted as a way to spread awareness. The Royal Collection in Great Britain holds all of his masterpieces in pristine condition. The amount of care shown towards his works tells me how important and influential his pieces were in the world of art.

    One way this could be interpreted is as a tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time. Placing his works on stamps shows appreciation for the incredible masterpieces of his. Paying tribute to one of the greats by placing his works on stamps. Many people in the world are beginning to lose focus on the arts. Everyone in this world is beginning to fall victim to the visions of modern society. People are more focused on making money, social media, and relationships. The introduction of technology pulls people away from admiring anything. There is always an email to write, somewhere to be, to like someone’s post, to post a picture of your pet, etc. The modern-day technology pulls the attention to detail away from the common man and we, as a society, are losing our appreciation for things that take a long time to make. The stamps pay homage to the masterful works of Leonardo de Vinci and ensure that at least one person will notice and be enlighten by Leonardo de Vinci’s work. The placing of Leonardo de Vinci’s work on the stamps pays as a tribute to him in a work that lacks the appreciation for his lifetime of masterful works.

  3. Trovonta Burgess March 22, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

    Though it is rare to encounter a Leonardo da Vinci work in person, the thought of the UK’s postal service, the Royal Mail is issuing a run of stamps of his most renowned drawings to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death. Having royal postage stamps featuring drawings by Leonardo da Vinci is something that is a real game changer. This natural genius crossed many disciplines that be epitomized the term “Renaissance man.” Having his artwork published like is this for all to purchase and use is something that he has always been remembered by which his artwork is. Furthermore, to acknowledge that this royal collection of stamps that the UK has created holds the greatest collection of da Vinci’s work in existence. An to think of how his works have been kept and maintained in almost pristine condition is amazing as well. To know that with the resources that we have today it is possible to protect the work of an artist or any ancient object, in the state that it was in centuries and even decades ago. Leonardo da Vinci told so many great stories through his artwork and to observe his hand and mind at work at timeless as he displayed mystical, imagined landscape that exemplified the depth of his perspective and religious narratives in an un-idealized way. He widely influenced many others to some degree from his work and introduction to new methods and techniques of art as it has evolved. His contribution of unquenchable curiosity and inventive imagination induced lots of societal changes during his time. Not to mention Leonardo distinguished himself from the rest with his meticulous precision in all that he did.
    While over the years there have been many cool stamps made that represent meaningful things, in the United Kingdom this has definitely pushed its way to the top of the list. The set of 12 special stamps will hold great value, in the commemoration of how talented and driven da Vinci was showcasing his art. Along with the upcoming exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings happening this year in the UK as well. It is rewarding to see that through these stamps, his legacy will continue to live on forever.

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