This stamp set features Nicolas Adames, the first person from Luxembourg to be ordained as a priest in 1839.
Nicolas Adames was 26 when he was ordained as a priest. He was the first bishop of Luxembourg between 1870 and 1883.
His official ordination in the cathedral on 25th December 1870 marked the high point of a long and fruitful career in the clergy.
At age 50, Nicolas Adames became titular bishop of Halicarnassus and apostolic vicar of Luxembourg. He also took part in the first Vatican Synod in Rome in 1869.
Nicolas Adames was made Bishop in June 1870. The Apostolic Vicariate of Luxembourg was elevated in June of the same year.
Anne Mélan, is a Luxembourgish artist/graphic designer. She was born in Luxembourg in 1984.
Anne Mélan studied Decorative Arts and Fine Arts at the Universities of Toulouse and Strasbourg. She then opened her own graphic design studio, where she works mainly in the field of industrial graphic design.
Anne Mélan also does realistic portraits using various media in addition to her graphic design work.
Was it hard to design two stamps at almost the same time?
The challenge in creating stamps is to do justice to the people involved. First of all, each hand-painted portrait has to resemble the individuals as closely as possible, while giving them a lively appearance.
Secondly, it was important to find an underlying representative unity for both individuals.
Did you encounter any specific difficulties when drawing these historical figures?
The fact that I was dealing with historical figures worked precisely to my advantage. The commonality between these two people came from different areas. The difficulty was in depicting this appropriately. My main concern was to interpret both characters with a retro feel.
Looking back, what have you learned from this work?
I realised how important it is to honour people from our past, so that they and their legacy don't vanish into oblivion.
|Drawings:||Anne Mélan, Luxembourg (L)|
|Printing:||Four-colour high-resolution offset by bpost Stamps Factory, Malines (B)|
|Format:||27.66 x 40.20 mm, 10 stamps per sheet|