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The Austrian State Opera and Theatre House

Originally published October 4, 2016.
Issued by Austria in 2005 the country of Austria celebrated the 50th Anniversaries of the reopening of their national opera and theatre houses.
The Opera House
Construction on the state opera house commenced in 1861 based on a design by August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll.  Built by the renowned architect and builder Josef Hlavka, the opera house was finally finished in 1869.  The opera house is pictured in the stamp on the right in the souvenir sheet above.  It was extensively damaged during World War II and completion of the renovations and reconstruction was finished in 1955.
The National Theatre
Featured on the left stamp in the above souvenir sheet is the Austrian National Theater.  One of the most important German language theatres in the world, it opened in 1888 and was designed by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.  As with the opera house, it was extensively damaged during World War II.

The Battle of Aspern-Essling

Originally published December 31, 2011.

On June 4, 2009, Austria issued a stamp commemorating the battle of Aspern-Essling.  The Stamp is based on a painting of Johann Peter Kraft and was completed circa 1809.

June 4, 2009 – Archduke Charles of Austria During the Battle of Aspern-Essling by Johann Peter Krafft.

The Battle
In the Battle, the Austrians under Archduke Charles of Austria drove back Napoleon as he and his forces attempted to cross the Danube near Vienna.  This was the first time that Napoleon had been personally defeated in over 10 years.

Casualties were high on both sides with Napoleon losing one of his best commanders and friends, Marshal Jean Lannes, who was wounded by an Austrian cannonball.

The Artist

Painted by Johann Peter Krafft (Sept. 1780 – Oct. 1856) was born in Hanau and began his study of art at the age of ten.  He studied under Heinrich Füger, Jacques-Louis David and François Gérard.  In 1828 he became director of the Imperial and Royal Picture Gallery.  He died at the age of 76.

The Stamp

Issued: June 4, 2009
Perforated: 14×14
300,000 Issued.
Issued as a mini sheet of 1 stamp
Printed by: Offset by Austrian State Printing