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Correos issues a stamp to remember the figure of Mariano Benlliure on the 75th anniversary of his death.
Mariano Benlliure was a Spanish sculptor born in Valencia in 1862. He was general director of Fine Arts and member of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum.
He soon began to be interested in sculpture in a self-taught way. He worked in several artisan workshops, traveling to Rome in 1881 to complete his training.
From there, he sent his works to the National Exhibitions of Fine Arts. In 1884 he won a second medal with Accidenti!, the sculpture that made him famous, and in 1887 the first medal with the Statue of the painter José de Ribera. In 1895, the year he opened a studio in Madrid, he achieved the medal of honor with the statue for the Monument to the writer Antonio Trueba.
His work, broad and fecund, covers the different genres, typologies and techniques. Only in monumental sculpture he made more than fifty works destined to the main Spanish and Hispanic cities.
His facility for modeling and chiselling, and his way of combining materials, usually marble and bronze, became his personal hallmark.
He paid special attention to detail, which he executed with great ease and was reflected in the harmony of forms.
One of his best-known sculptures is the one dedicated to Goya, commissioned by the Madrid City Council to celebrate the coming of age of Alfonso XIII. Mariano Benlliure made it in bronze on a marble pedestal with carved references to various Caprices and the Nude Maja. Currently, this work serves as a model each year to make the statuette that is given to the winners of the Goya Awards. The current statuette is a reproduction from an original plaster cast of the bust made by Mariano Benlliure, preserved by his family.
The stamp reproduces an illustration of the sculptor chiseling another of his best-known works: the Virgen del Carmen with the child in her arms.
Product of Filatelia Correos, sold and sent by Correos
Printing: Offset on coated, gummed, phosphorescent paper.
Seal size: 40.9 x 57.6 mm .
Postal value of the stamp: € 2.1 (sold in pack of 4)
Publication Date: November 9, 2022 .
Product exempt from VAT .