This Italian artist who lived between 1910 and 1988 has only come to my attention because of his self portrait being on a € 0,60 postage stamp.
Usually when I receive things in the post they don’t have particularly interesting stamps. Often it is just pre-paid stickers, so it was rather exciting to receive a small package with this stamp on it.
I thought it might be a good idea to understand who Pietro Annigoni was. I have found out as a result that he was a painter who was influenced by the Italian Renaissance. If you click here you will see a clearer version of the self portrait that is the Italian postage stamp.
What I have also found interesting is that he painted a ‘romantic’ portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954-1955. There is also an additional portrait that was painted in 1969. Both of these portraits can be seen here. They are both included in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery that is being held this year (17 May – 21 October 2012) to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.