Vatican Post celebrates the International Year of Light with Michelangelo stamp

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12 February 2015
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imports_CCGB_light-l_09384.jpg-300x194_09384.jpg Vatican Post celebrates the International Year of Light with Michelangelo stamp
Vatican Post is to mark the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies with a stamp featuring a Michelangelo fresco which shows God bringing light to the world. ...
Vatican Post is to mark the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies with a stamp featuring a Michelangelo fresco which shows God bringing light to the world.

The stamp, which will be issued on 19 February 2015, shows a detail from Michelangelo's world-famous fresco which is displayed on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and was created between 1508 and 1512. In the section of the painting shown on the 2.15 Euro stamp, God is shown bringing light to the world, as a huge orange sun comes into being. The words 'Anno Internazionale della luce' (International Year of Light) are inscribed along the bottom of the stamp.

The Vatican is now a keen advocate of scientific discovery, with world-class telescopes at the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo and a research centre in Arizona. However in the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic church persecuted scientists who announced discoveries to the world, most notably Galileo Galeili, who was branded a heretic for supporting the belief that the earth and other planets move around the sun. It would be more than 350 years before the Vatican made the rare gesture of admitting its error in persecuting Galileo.

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