On June 23rd 2022, the Magistral Post of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta issued 5 stamps, belonging to the series “THE DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIONS OF THE ORDER” dedicated to Palazzo Orsini, the headquarters of the Embassy to the Holy See.
The 5 rooms of Casa Litta-Palazzo Orsini depicted are: the Green Salon with the Borghese table, made by Alessandro Algardi in 1634-1635 for Prince Marcantonio Borghese using a rare jasper slab inherited from Cardinal Scipione Borghese and completed in 1773 by Luigi Valadier; the Yellow Salon, with the table made in the 17th century using a hard stone and marble top, the two tapestries by Jan Raes II from the early 17th century and, finally, the 17th-century white marble bust depicting Francesco I d’Este, Duke of Modena, from the workshop of Gian Lorenzo Bernini ; the Dining Room with one of the six Grotesque tapestries made in France, in the Beauvais manufactory, between 1690 and around 1711; a picture of the two Venetian school frescoes in the gallery on the terrace level; the chalcographic print ‘Teatro di Marcello’ depicting a view of Palazzo Orsini in the 17th century made by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and part of the ‘Views of Rome’ series.
Casa Litta-Palazzo Orsini is used not only for the institutional activities of the Embassy to the Holy See, but also for events aimed at raising funds and donations for the Order’s charitable and welfare works.
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