Christmas - Adoration of the Kings, parish church Oppenberg 11.10.2023

Special stamp Adoration of the Magi

The carved and painted shrine of the Three Kings was originally the centrepiece of a triptych altarpiece. An excerpt from this is depicted on the Christmas stamp, showing the adoration of the kings.

Emperor Maximilian I, often referred to as the "last knight", commissioned the expansion of the small parish church of the Nativity of Mary in Oppenberg, located in a remote high valley of the Rottenmanner Tauern, from 1502 to include a Gothic choir. The Munich architect and sculptor, Erasmus Grasser, not only took charge of the construction but also created the shrine with the Holy Three Kings and the Holy Family, completed around 1505. The Emperor had himself immortalised in eternal adoration in the figure of King Melchior, with the imperial crown held above his head. Notable are the dynamic movement characteristic of Grasser's artworks, such as the "Burgundian step" as a foot position, and the detailed richness of the thirty depicted figures. The Christmas commemorative stamp will also be issued as a maximum card.

Value: EUR 0.95
First day of issue: 01.12.2023
Stamp size: 33.88 x 42.00 mm
Graphic design: Kirsten Lubach
Printing: Cartor Security Printing
Offset printing
Quantity: 2,500,000 stamps on sheets of 50 units each

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