The Christmas 2013 issue is made up of two stamps, one depicting a religious image featuring the painting La Virgen de la Leche by Alonso Cano and the other depicting the clock from the Puerta del Sol in Madrid and the traditional grapes to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
The oil painting of La Virgen de la Leche was painted by Alonso Cano (Granada, 1601-1667) around 1659. It depicts the image of a young woman nursing a baby on her lap. The child is leaning against the arm of the mother and his head is looking back. The painting reflects an atmosphere of great sweetness and serenity and it is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Alonso Cano. It belongs to his period of maturity, far from the gloomy and strong chiaroscuros of his early years and it is influenced by Venetian colour trends with its lighter tones as seen in the red tunic and bright blue robe. The painting is kept in the Museum of Guadalajara, located in the Palace of the Infantry and it is one of its most important pieces.
The Palacio del Infantado was built around 1480 as a home to the Duke and Duchess of the Infantado. It is a jewel of civil architecture and presents a mix of styles and influences of Gothic and Renaissance art. In 1973 it became the Museum of Guadalajara.