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‘Virgin and Child’

Stamp showcases 16th-century painting

The stamp is based on “Virgin and Child,” a 16th-century painting.

The Postal Service will release a stamp featuring “Virgin and Child,” a 16th-century painting, on Sept. 22.

The painting was created by an unidentified Florentine artist known as the Master of the Scandicci Lamentation.

The image depicts the Virgin Mary gazing downward at the infant Christ, one of her arms holding him protectively at his waist, the other tenderly touching his arm. The Christ child turns his head to look out of the frame to the left.

The “Virgin and Child” painting is part of a collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Greg Breeding, a USPS art director, designed the stamp, which will be available at Post Offices and