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On the seventh of October 1,571, the largest naval battle in modern history took place, the Battle of Lepanto. We remember that feat with a very special stamp.
The Battle of Lepanto was a battle of giants between the powerful European artillery and the Ottoman navy. Faced with the Turkish threat, Spain, Venice and the Papal States formed an alliance known as the Holy League, under the command of Don Juan of Austria.
That morning in early October, both navies came forward, between songs, prayers, wine and food, prepared for the cruelest struggle. It will be at the end of the afternoon when the bombings and clashes between ships begin, a hand-to-hand fight between soldiers who fall wounded, dead, prisoners or victors according to their fate.
It is precisely this moment that reproduces the painting protagonist of the stamp that Correos dedicates to this anniversary.
Naval Combat of Lepanto, is the work of the Filipino painter Juan Luna y Novicio, in which exactly the moment in which the royal galley is recreated, at the head of which, was the illegitimate son of Carlos I of Spain, Don Juan de Austria, representing the king and as general in chief of the Holy League, collides face to face with a Turkish galleon.
The block sheet also includes a curious image of this painting: among the strong waves, a small boat appears in which, among other combatants of the Christian side, you can recognize the figure of what is perhaps the most famous soldier of that battle, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
This pictorial work was commissioned to the Spanish-Filipino painter to decorate the Conference Hall of the Senate Palace.
The exacerbated realism of the artist pierces the senses becoming a feast of sensations, where the brave waves represent the harshness of the moment, the sour and strident colors transmit that moment of confusion and turbulence that entails a combat of these characteristics.
The Battle of Lepanto is undoubtedly one of the most important chapters in our history, although it also became one of the bloodiest events.
Product Philately Correos
Printing done with procedure: Offset + Screen printing
Block sheet size: 105.6 x 79.2 mm
Seal size: 54.78 x 38.2 mm (horizontal)
Format: Block sheet with 1 seal
Publication Date: October 7, 2021
Run: 125,000 block sheets
Product exempt from VAT.
What is a block sheet, and how is it different from a normal seal?
Considering that the normal seal has only the surface occupied by the seal, the sheet block is an illustrated surface where one or more seals can appear, so its dimension will be larger, occupying the seal itself and the rest of the sheet and, their sizes and shapes can be very varied.
A curious fact that also differentiates the seal and the block sheet, is that in the first one live characters cannot appear, but in the environment of the seal in the block sheet yes.
How many stamps are on this block sheet?
This block sheet has a stamp with a postal value of € 5.15.