Monday, 12 April 2010
It came with a 'posta ordinaria' stamp which is one of the women in art (donna nell'arte) series. The woman in question is the Princess of Trebizond. This put me in mind of the Rose Macauly book 'Towers of Trebizond' which has the famous opening lines of "Take my camel said my Aunt Dot as she climbed down from this animal on her return from high mass" Nothing to do with this stamp, just the way things are filed in my brain.
This is actually a detail from a fresco by Pisanello or as he is also known Pisano (1395-1458) called 'St George and the Princess of Trebizond' which is in the Pellegrini Chapel of the Santa Anastasia church, Verona. Here is the full fresco, the princess on the right
the city in the background is Pisano's native Verona.