Advice to the wise: Please take your time and read this page attentively, before to proceed further. The time that you will spend to read it will be largely compensated later, when you will try to use the huge amount of information stored in the present database. I recommend you to print this page, in order to use it later as a reference.
The Paintings and Arts on Stamps is a vast theme, probably the largest of all in the topical philately. There are over 30,000 unique stamps and over 3,200 sheets that are listed in the present database. The first difficulty one has when she/he tries to put together a complete database (and a stamps collection too) of all stamps issues worldwide, is to define and then to identify which stamps belong to it. The task is not simple, because almost each stamp could be considered as a (kind of) piece of art. Somebody, normally/hopefully an artist, had to design it, to bring it on paper and to choose/specify the means by which his work will be "converted" to a stamp.
I have included in the database the stamps that meet the following criteria:
The only exception I have made is for the works of art designed by renown artists, done with the purpose to be explicitly reproduced on stamps.
References, Completeness and Updates
It took a long time to put together the information stored in the present database. I used as references the Stanley Gibbons "Stamps of the World" catalogues, the Stanley Gibbons "British Commonwealth" catalogue, the Zumstein catalogue and since 1999 the Scott and the Michel catalogues. Starting by the year 2000 I have also uses as reference the Spezialkatalog Gemaelde of Dr. H. Meinel (Germany).
Not all Arts Stamps are listed in the database yet. The reason is the time needed to identify all stamps and to enter the information. Nevertheless, over 90% of all Paintings on Stamps issued worldwide were already listed. The database wa updated on a regular base, with new issues and with some older ones, the last update being done on May 2010.
At present, quite all European stamps were entered in new the format of the database. Any help in completing the database is more then welcomed and credits are immediately given on this page, as follows:
We offer actually for free four databases
The Excel Database structure
|Ajman||1968||Paintings, Adam & Eve||Paintings||Cranach,Goes,Durer||4||3||-||O|
|Ajman||1968||Paintings, Adoration||Paintings||Van Honthorst||0||1||-||O|
The database has 11 fields.
What you see as a row, starting by Aiutaki, is named a database record. The actual database has already over 10,000 such records, listing over 30,000 stamps and over 3,200 sheets. With more time invested by myself and with the kind support of the Internet community, the database will improve and will reach the degree of completeness desired by its author. A project called The Paintings and Arts on Stamps Database Project (PASDP), was started at the beginning of year 2000, with the goal to improve the database. Since then the database has considerably expanded, containing more records (i.e. more stamps) and more information (like the name of the artists, for already many of records).
Please note that the database can be used as well as an inventory list. Because Excel is a part of the standard Microsoft Office package and for this reason is more spread then Access, the present database is published in Microsoft Excel format. The database file is compressed with WinZip (a program that is downloadable from the Web and that can be also used to decompress the present database file). For more information or in order to get some help, please feel free to contact the Webmaster by e-mail, by clicking on this field (eliminate "spaam" from the address).
Copyright notice, property rights
The first three databases are protected by copyright laws and are the exclusive property of Mr. Victor Manta, Switzerland. The Rembrandt database is the exclusive property of Pieter Broekema from The Netherlands. You have the permission to download them only for personal use. It is strictly prohibited to distribute it or to use it for commercial purposes. That means that dealers can use them, in order to have a better knowledge of what exists in the field of Art on Stamps, but are not allowed to send them or parts of them to their clients.