About the Artist
Bernardino Luini (c. 1480–1532) was a great painter of religious images, including frescoes, wood panels, large altarpieces, and small devotional works for the home. He was very popular in his own time and there are countless copies of his paintings. He regained popularity in the 19th century when the famous critic John Ruskin decided that Luini was greater than Leonardo, and many readers went to Italy looking for his works.
This best-selling National Gallery of Art boxed holiday card set depicts a detail from The Madonna of the Carnation (c. 1515) by Bernardino Luini. The greeting inside reads: "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year."
Since 1965 the National Gallery of Art has collaborated with the United States Postal Service to select a national Christmas stamp. In 2007 The Madonna of the Carnation was the 35th work of art from the Gallery's collection to grace envelopes across the country as a holiday stamp.
- 16 cards, 16 envelopes
- 7 x 5 inches