If you’re a stamp and Vasari fan this one Issued July 2011 (better late than never) as Italian postage shows a detail of the fresco “San Luca dipinge la Vergine” (St. Luke Painting the Virgin), which Giorgio Vasari painted around 1565 in the Chapel of the Painters in the Basilica della SS. Annunziata in Florence. The words “GIORGIO VASARI 1511 – 1574”, “ITALIA”, and the denomination “€ 1,40” complete the stamp.
The stamp is in the centre of a sheetlet shows the fresco is reproduced in full. The stamp is completed by the words “GIORGIO VASARI NEL V CENTENARIO DELLA NASCITA” (Giorgio Vasari on the 5th centenary of his birth), at the top, and, at the bottom, on the left and right respectively, the words: “S. LUCA DIPINGE LA VERGINE” (St. Luke Painting the Virgin) and “BASILICA DELLA SS. ANNUNZIATA – FIRENZE” (Basilica della SS Annunziata – Florence). It was designed by the Philatelic Centre of Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A