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Italy 1942 – Galileo

Italy commemorated the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo in 1942 with this attractive and surprisingly modern-looking set. The individual stamps show: 10c, Galileo teaching at the University of Padua, where he was appointed professor of mathematics in 1592 and remained for 18 years; 25c, Galileo demonstrating his new telescope at Venice in 1609; 50c, a reflective portrait; 1.25 l Galileo at his home in Arcetri, where he was kept under house arrest by the Inquisition from 1633 until he died.


SG number
Face value
Colour
575
10 c
Red and orange
576
25 c
Green and olive
577
50 c
Violet and purple
578
1.25 l
Blue and grey
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