Australia, 55cts 1978

Australia, 55cts 1978

ID Number: BB08-0101
Category: Stamps (Single)
Description: Australia, 55cts 1978
Country or State: Australia
Year: 03.10.1978
Head of State/Ruler:  
Face Value: 55 cents
Subject/Theme: Christmas (Artwork of Perino Del Vaga: The Holy Family)
Edge: comb 14¾
Dimensions (B x H): 30 x 50 mm
Scott Catalog Number:  
Other Catalog Number: Stanley Gibbons AU 698
Michel AU 662
Stamp Number AU 690
Yvert et Tellier AU 648
State of Conservation: Very Fine (VF)

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Perino (or Perin) del Vaga (nickname of Piero Buonaccorsi) (1501 – October 19, 1547) was an Italian painter of the Late Renaissance/Mannerism.

He was born near Florence. His father ruined himself by gambling, and became a soldier in the invading army of Charles VIII. His mother died when he was but two months old; but shortly afterwards he was taken up by his father's second wife. Perino was first apprenticed to a druggist, but soon passed into the hands of a mediocre painter, Andrea de' Ceri, and when eleven years of age, of Ridolfo Ghirlandaio.

Perino was one of Ghirlandaio's most talented pupils. Another mediocre painter, Vaga from Toscanella, undertook to settle the boy in Rome. Perino, when he at last reached Rome, was utterly poor, and with no clear prospect beyond journey-work for trading decorators. He was eventually entrusted with some of the subordinate work undertaken by Raphael in the Vatican. He assisted Giovanni da Udine in the stucco and arabesque decorations of the Loggie Vaticane, and executed some of those small but finely composed scriptural subjects which go by the name of Raphael's Bible, Raphael himself furnishing the designs.