1968 Christmas Stamp - 6 Cent GabrielThis stamp says Christmas 6c on the top in red, then Van Eyck National Gallery of Art United States in the bottom in red. In the middle is the Archangel Gabriel, in a red cloak with gold trim and designs, with yellow-orange-blue wings. Hw has a staff in his left hand and has his right hand before him. He has a golden crown on his head.
The painting is The Annunciation by Jan van Eyck, a painter from the Netherlands. It was created as a panel around 1436. The event being depicted is when the Archangel Gabriel (shown in the stamp) is telling the virgin Mary (not on the stamp, but to the right in the painting) that she is pregnant with Jesus. Gabriel has a red tapestry cloak on and is standing in a stone temple. Painters at the time painted angels to be "sexless" - i.e. ambiguously both female and male. The painting is currently hanging at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
This is the Scott Catalogue #1363 Stamp.
This stamp is reasonably common, and a used stamp is worth about 14 cents.
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