On September 29, 1988, the Vatican issued a series of stamps commemorating the fourth centenary of the death of Paolo Veronese. Art historians consider Veronese, Titian, and Tintoretto the three greatest Venetian painters of the sixteenth century. The series consists of three different values. The 550-lire stamp features an image of Christ and Our Lady, a detail from the "Marriage of Cana."
Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (1528-1588) achieved initial success in Verona, his birthplace, and then moved his studio to Venice. An extremely prolific painter, his works include his famous supper paintings, the "Banquet in the House of Levi" (Academia, Venice) and the "Banquet of St. Gregory the Great" (Basilica di Monte Berico, Vicenza), the paintings of the "Marriage of Cana" (in the Louvre and Dresden), and the frescoes of the Villa Barbaro at Maser.
All three stamps include the words POSTE VATICANE at the top. The denomination and the inscription PAOLO VERONESE 1588-1988 appear at the bottom left and right, respectively. The 550- and 3,000-lire stamps are vertical in format, measure 30 x 40 mm, and have a perforation of 13 1/4 x 14. The 650-lire stamp is horizontal, measures 40 x 30 mm, and has a perforation of 14 x 13 1/4. The Italian State Polygraphic Institute and Mint printed 500,000 complete series on white chalky paper in multicolor print (two in recess and one in rotogravure). The Vatican issued the stamps in sheets of twenty.
Crimando, Thomas I. "Paolo Veronese." Vatican Notes 37, no. 4 (January 1989): 1.