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Icon from the Eastern Slovakia: St. Michael the Archangel with the Group of Saints
detail, from the church in Sariske Rovne, 161h century, The Saris Museum at Bardejov
Catalogue Number:  252
Graphic lay-out:  Martin Činovský
Stamp Engraving:  František Horniak
Date of Issue:  October 15, 2001
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Five-coloured recess printing from flat plates
Size of Impression:  40.0 mm x 50.0 mm
Print Run:  180,000
FDC Motif:  Three young men in a blazing oven, detail from the icon St. Michael the Archangel, Ulicske Krive, 16th century
FDC Engraving:  František Horniak
Cancellation Design:  František Horniak
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  6,000

St. Michael the Archangel and St. Paul the Apostle is a fragment of a panel painting, detail from the right side of the sequence Deésis. Tempera on wood, the panel dimensions: 107.3 x 159.2 x 2.5 cm. Pictured archangel and apostle are the part of Deésis scene consisting of five painted panels of different sizes and originating from the wooden St. Demeters Church in Rovne (the Svidnik district) not existing anymore. Since 1906, it is placed in the Saris Museum at Bardejov.
Deésis originated in the first half of the 16th century and it is the oldest monument of this iconographic type in Slovakia. It pictures Christ sitting on the throne, between Mother of God and St. John Baptist, who are turning to him with appealing gestures. The central "address" is completed at the sides by archangels, apostles, saint fathers, and martyrs.
A remarkable beauty of this monument was discovered by Polish restorer Wojciech Kurpik in 1968. The panels of Deésis from Rovne were exhibited in Munich (1969-1978), at the World Exhibition in Osaka (1970), in Brussels (1973), in Prague (1984, 1988), in Bratislava and Kosice. The entire Deésis from Rovne is exhibited at the first specialised exposition of icons in Slovakia in the Saris Museum at Bardejov at present.

František Gutek, Director of the Saris Museum

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