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The hand-painted cachets by Nino Masiello da Ercole on these first day covers each reproduce a different common portrait of Dante: one is based on the Naples Bust and the other is based on Gustave Doré's portrait of the poet. Below both cachets is…

This first day cover's hand-painted cachet by Nino Masiello da Ercole depicts a scene from Paradiso 24 in which St. Peter interrogates Dante—accompanied by Beatrice—about the poet's faith. The scene is taken from a miniature by Giovanni di…

This first day cover's hand-painted cachet by Nino Masiello da Ercole echoes the 2011 Italy commemorative stamp designed by Gaetano Ieluzzo. The cachet reproduces the 1965 500-lire Italy Dante stamp, the subject of which is the Naples Bust of the…