1970 Malta Maximum Card - Council of Europe Art Exhibition
The stamp is one of a set of 8, and features The Beheading of St John by Caravaggio. It is the altar piece of the Oratory and was commissioned by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt. It is the largest painting produced by the artist and the only one known to be signed. The Beheading of St John the Baptist was completed in 1608 and depicts the saint at the moment of his martyrdom. The executioner holds down his head whilst the janitor instructs him to finish the job. The painting measures 361cm x 520cm
Postcard: Plastichrome Series P71178/CLM128 from the Cathedral Library, Sliema
Stamp: SG 430 1d
Postmark: Valetta, Malta, - date not clear.