Maximum Card - Vatican City - 1965 - KimCover
This series of maximum cards was issued by KimCover (KimCover Art Gallery of Vatican Stamps, no. 36–39) for the Vatican City postage stamps of 1965. Each card reproduces its respective stamp within a decorative frame. At the top of each frame is "DANTE ALIGHIERI" and the coat of arms of Pope Paul VI; below each frame is "MCCLXV - MCMLXV". The first card (no. 36) shows Raphael's portrait of Dante from his fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. The second, third, and fourth cards (no. 37–39) are based on Sandro Botticelli's illustrations to the Divina commedia found in a manuscript volume in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin known as MS Hamilton 201 and a manuscript in the Vatican Library known as Cod. Reg. Lat. 1896. The illustrations are as follows: Dante encounters a leopard, a lion, and a she-wolf (no. 37; Inferno 1; Cod. Reg. Lat. 1896), Dante and Virgil at the foot of Mount Purgatory (no. 38; Purgatorio 3; MS Hamilton 201), and Dante and Beatrice in the heaven of the moon (no. 39; Paradiso 3; MS Hamilton 201). Each card was postmarked in Vatican City on May 18, 1965.
150 × 100 mm