A postcard and a postage stamp for the 1600th anniversary of Venice!Almanac of Venice
A postcard and a postage stamp for the 1600th anniversary of Venice!
March 25, 2021. Happy Birthday Venice!
Venice turns 1600 and, let's be honest, she is still in very good shape! Its beauty and charm have remained intact despite the difficult present times. All Venetians are looking forward to paying homage to this beautiful city with events and initiatives that will run throughout 2021.
Unfortunately, at this time, gatherings in St Mark’s Square are banned and it’s not possible to celebrate together the 1600th anniversary of the birth of the lagoon city, however on March 25, a special post card and a celebration postage stamp will be issued as a reminder of this unique anniversary.
The postcard, designed and printed by the oldest society in Venice - Mutuo Soccorso Carpentieri and Calafati - shows a particular representation of St Mark’s Horses, created by Lorenzo Gersich.
St Mark’s four horses are one of the most important symbols of Venice and carry on their back the glorious history of the Serenissima through the centuries. The sculptural group is the only example of a complete four-horse drawn cart that has lasted until present from ancient statuary, probably dating back to the era of Imperial Rome. Brought to Venice as war booty by the Fourth Crusade, the horses were positioned on the external terrace of St Mark’s Basilica to magnify the power of the Serenissima Republic and the supreme role of the Doge identified with St Mark and the Doge’s Chapel. Today the Quadriga is kept inside St Mark’s Museum.
The commemorative postcard will be specially stamped by the Italian Post, which will occur on the day of the anniversary, March 25, 2021, before being withdrawn to be stored in the historical museum of communication in Rome.
The postage stamp is printed by Istituto Poligrafico and Zecca dello Stato S.p.A. with rotogravure printing and reproduces a woodcut known as 'The Bird's Eye View of Venice' by Iacopo de' Barbari from 1500s. The original wooden stamps of this woodcut are kept at the Correr Museum in Venice. The vignette also shows the logo of the 1600th anniversary of the foundation of Venice whose pictogram represents the column with the winged lion of Piazzetta San Marco, the domes of St Mark’s Basilica and the four-lobe windows of the Doge's Palace. All highly representative elements, which looked at as a whole, form the years of Venice, 1600!
Long live Venice!
Long live San Marco!
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