If you’re a stamp and/or Giorgio Vasari fan, this one issued as Italian postage in July 2011 (better late than never) shows a detail of the fresco San Luca dipinge la Vergine (St. Luke Painting the Virgin), which Vasari painted around 1565 in the Chapel of the Painters in the Basilica della SS. Annunziata in Florence. The words “GIORGIO VASARI 1511 – 1574” and the denomination “ITALIA € 1,40” complete the stamp.
The stamp is in the center of a sheetlet that shows the fresco reproduced in full, beneath the words “GIORGIO VASARI NEL V CENTENARIO DELLA NASCITA” (Giorgio Vasari on the fifth centenary of his birth). It was designed by the Philatelic Centre of Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.