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SISTINE MADONNA Raphael Giants of Art 12 Silver Coin Set 5$ Niue 2014


The coin set "Sistine Madonna", third of Giants of Art series, is strictly limited to only 750 issues. The Sistine Madonna is a painting by the Italian artist Raffaello created in the year 1513. It is housed in the old masters gallery of Dresden Germany. All coins are of the highest mint quality "Polished Plate" (Proof). The weight is 960 g. and dimensions of the entire set are 210 x 354 mm.

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Sistine Madonna
The Sistine Madonna is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael, circa 1512–1514. It is housed in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (old masters) of Dresden, Germany.

The canvas with the Virgin, Child and Saints Sixtus and Barbara, usually called the Sistine Madonna, is characterized by an imaginary space created by the figures themselves. The figures stand on a bed of clouds, framed by heavy curtains which open to either side. The Virgin actually appears to descend from a heavenly space, through the picture plane, out into the real space in which the painting is hung. This is seen by the active focal point in Madonna's knee. The gesture of St. Sixtus and the glance of St. Barbara seem to be directed toward the faithful, whom we imagine beyond the balustrade at the bottom of the painting. The Papal tiara, which rests on top of this balustrade, act as a bridge between the real and pictorial space.

The painting was probably intended to decorate the tomb of Pope Julius II. It was for some time located in the convent of St Sixtus in Piacenza and was later donated by the monks to Augustus III of Saxony.

The two putti at the foot of the painting and the figure of St. Barbara have often been reproduced in popular culture, such as Christmas cards.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2014
  • Face Value12 x 5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)960
  • Size (mm)210 x 354
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)750
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)12

Coin with incomparable beauty and value makes a perfect memento to one of the most representative masterpiece of Italian Renaissance, "The Sistine Madonna", painted by Raphael. Shines as a valuable set of twelve bullion coins of pure .999 silver. The reverse side of each coin shows completely a carefully chosen section of the work. The state-of-the-art, “Restored Colour Application” colour transfer technology makes it possible to authentically reproduce the original intensity – as it must have been over 500 years ago – of da Raphael’s colours. At the same time, the technology takes account of the current condition of the painting, producing a unique trueness to life that combines both past and present.