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Miniature Sheet - Sovereign Military Order of Malta - 2014


Miniature Sheet - Sovereign Military Order of Malta - 2014


Miniature Sheet


Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Date Issued



This miniature sheet was issued by Poste Magistrali, the postal arm of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), a sovereign, Roman Catholic order of chivalry. The set is SMOM issue number 472, "Capolavori della letteratura" (masterpieces of literature), and features reproductions of engravings from an edition of the Divina commedia edited by Antonio Zatta and published in Venice from 1747 to 1758. Each stamp is captioned at the bottom as follows: 
  • "Gaetano Zompini: Inferno Canto I / Dante ostacolato dalle fiere nella selva oscura" (Dante stopped by the three beasts in the dark wood)
  • "Michelangelo Schiavonio: Inferno Canto VIII / Il demone Flegiàs conduce Dante alla città di Dite (The demon Phlegyas ferries Dante to the city of Dis)
  • Michelangelo Schiavonio: Purgatorio Canto III / Dante incontra Manfredi, figlio di Federico II (Dante meets Manfred, the son of Frederick II)
  • Michelangelo Schiavonio: Purgatorio Canto XV, 2o Cornice / L'Angelo della Misericordia appare a Dante e Virgilio (The Angel of Mercy appears to Dante and Virgil)
  • Michelangelo Schiavonio: Paradiso Canto XV / Dante nel cielo di Marte incontra Cacciaguida (Dante, in the Heaven of Mars, meets Cacciaguida)
  • Francesco Fontebasso: Paradiso Canto XXX / Dante e Beatrice nell'Empireo(Dante and Beatrice in the Empyrean)

Each numbered sheet has text as follows: at the top: "SOVRANO MILITARE ORDINE DI MALTA" (Sovereign Military Order of Malta); "POSTE MAGISTRALI"; at the bottom: "Tavole dalla Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri / con varie annotazioni e copiosi rami adornata / Ed. Antonio Zatta, Venezia. 1747 - 1758".


135 × 140 mm


Francesco Fontebasso
Michelangelo Schiavonio
Gaetano Zompini
Antonio Zatta
Poste Magistrali
Cartor (La Loupe, France)