New U.S. Christmas stamps for 2016

Mary holds the Child Jesus in a 15th-century Florentine painting depicted on one of two religiously themed Christmas stamps being issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

CNS photo | U.S. Postal Service

CNS photo | U.S. Postal Service

The image was adapted from a work by an anonymous follower of artists Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino. The original painting is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The stamp was to be available at post offices Oct. 18.

A second stamp depicting the Nativity in silhouette against the dawn sky was planned for release Nov. 3.