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One million “Rubens masterpieces”

Pressemeldung from 10.03.2005

First stamp issued jointly by Österreichische Post AG and the Duchy of Liechtenstein
Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein attends presentation at Liechtenstein Museum

On Saturday, 12 March 2005, Österreichische Post AG will present – together with the Liechtenstein Museum, AG – the new special issue “Rubens”. This is the first time in history that Österreichische Post AG and the Duchy of Liechtenstein have cooperated on a joint issue. As guest of honor, Prince Hans-Adam II will attend the presentation. The stamp shows the probably most famous Rubens work from the princely collection - “Venus in front of the Mirror”. This special issue marks the starting point of a series of stamps featuring works of art from the Liechtenstein Museum.

The stamp will not only be available in Austria at a face value of € 1.25, but also be sold in the post offices of the Duchy of Liechtenstein at a price of Swiss Franc 2.20. 1.1 million copies of the “princely stamp” have been produced. Eight-stamp sheets will be available for sale in more than 900 of Austria’s largest post offices.

“Venus in front of the Mirror” – Liechtenstein Museum
The oil painting “Venus in front of the Mirror”, which was painted around 1613/14, is one of the best-known masterpieces from the collection of the Princes of Liechtenstein, which also includes other paintings by Rubens. The princely collections reflect the history of European art over a period of more than four centuries.
The Liechtenstein Museum was opened about a year ago in the Liechtenstein family’s Garden Palace in Vienna’s 9th district and has meanwhile become one of the most important museums in Vienna.

For more information please contact:

Österreichische Post AG
Corporate Communications
Public relations
Michael Homola
Phone: +43 (1) 515 51 – 32010

Vienna, 10 March 2005