About the Xylography Museum
Inaugurated in 1987, in Campos do Jordão, the Xylography Museum is a private museum, occupying a building erected in 1928. This house formerly sheltered the Benedictine Nuns of the Saint John Monastery. Today it headquarters the company Editora Mantiqueira (Mantiqueira Publishing House), which sponsors the Xylography Museum.
The Museum collects and preserves woodcut and wood engraved prints, that is, printings made on paper (or another support material) from a wood block. This technique is also known as Xylography. Part of the Museum’s collection, which currently includes thousands of works by hundreds engravers, is permanently displayed to the public.
The Xylography Museum also promotes other cultural events, and holds a woodcut and wood engraving atelier, a typography printing shop and a specialized library.
By disposition of the Museum founder’s will, its buildings and collection shall be donated to USP – the São Paulo State University, from which the Xylography Museum receives eventual technical guidance.
The Xylography Museum is located in Brazil, in the city of Campos do Jordão, State of São Paulo.
Nestled in the Serra da Mantiqueira (Mantiqueira Mountains), at an altitude of 1,700 meters, the city of Campos do Jordão has always attracted artists and writers. Currently, with its luxury hotels, it attracts tourists from all over the world, and especially from the three major Brazilian cities – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. Such tourist influx has stimulated the organization, in the city, of important cultural milestones, such as the Classical Music International Festival, the most important erudite music festival in Latin America, the permanent art collection of the State Government Summer Palace, and the Xylography Museum.
City of Campos do Jordão location map, in Brazil
The Xylography Museum headquarters is at Av. Eduardo Moreira da Cruz n. 295, in the Jaguaribe district, on the corner of a public square. This square is a history-rich point, where the town of Campos do Jordão was first settled, in 1874. The city’s first chapel was erected there, where today stands the church of Nossa Senhora da Saúde (Our Lady of Health).
Besides woodcut and wood engraving printing , other arts are present in this square. There is a sculpture by Felícia Leirner, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Campos do Jordão, in 1974. The church of Our Lady of Health displays a mural painted by Expedito Camargo Freire, who lived in a house on the same square. A large rock is engraved with a poem by Ranulpho Mendes, winner of the 1st National Poetry Contest in Campos do Jordão, which took place in 1987 and was organized by Editora Mantiqueira.
The Xylography Museum is open to public visitation
From Thursday to Monday
(closed only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
From 09:00AM to 12:00AM and from 02:00PM to 05:00PM
R$ 4,00 per person
R$ 2,00 for elderly (above 60 years)
Free for children under 12 years,
and for scheduled groups from free schools.
How to contact us
In addition to the “CONTACT US”, the Xylography Museum
may be reached by:
Address: Casa da Xilogravura
(Street) Av. Eduardo Moreira da Cruz, 295
(City) Campos do Jordão
(State/Country) São Paulo – Brazil
Mail address (*):
Caixa postal 42
12460-000 Campos do Jordão – SP
(*) You may write your letter in
English, Portughese, French, Italien or Spanish.
Phone/Fax: 55 12 36621832
Antonio F. Costella
Founder and General Director
He was a university professor for three decades.
He taught at Universidade de São Paulo - the São Paulo State University
(Escola de Comunicações e Artes - Communication and Arts School),
at Faculdade de Comunicação Social Cásper Líbero (Cásper Líbero Social
Communication College) and at other Brazilian institutions, as well as
at the Escola Superior de Jornalismo (Journalism College) in Porto,
Portugal, in 1989.
He has published 34 books classified in three groups:
a) Technical Works in the Law and Communication History areas,
as well as Art History and Technique, including wood engraving ;
b) Literature for the public in general, including fiction and poetry; and
c) Children’s and Teens’ Literature.
He is also a plastic artist dedicated to painting and woodcut and
wood engraving printing.
In 1987, he founded the Xylography Museum, a museum of which,
to this day, he is the general director.
Leda Campestrin Costella
With a degree in Beaux Arts from the Faculdade de Belas Artes
(Beaux Arts College) of São Paulo, Brazil, she taught for many years
in public and private schools.
She also attended courses on conservation, restoring, binding,
filing technique and museology.
She has developed researches on paper making, printing, including
stamping on fabrics and engraving, especially woodcut.
As the technical director of the Xylography Museum, she is responsible for,
among others, the conservation of the Museum collection, promoting the
eventually necessary restoring works, and the good maintenance
of its technical reserve.
Though open to public visitation, Xylography Museum is a private
collection, which, to this day, has been maintained as a non-profit
service render to the public by Editora Mantiqueira de Ciência
e Arte Ltda., of which the Museum’s founder is a partner.
All the profit obtained by Editora Mantiqueira publishing and selling
books is applied in maintaining the Xylography Museum .
In the past few years, Editora Mantiqueira, the Museum’s sponsor,
has developed a new source of income to support the Xylography
Museum: the publication “Campos do Jordão em seu bolso”
(“Campos do Jordão in your pocket”). Reaching its seventh edition
this year, has attracted an increasing number of advertisers, once its
50,000 issues are distributed free of charge, every month, all year
round, to over 80 (eighty) hotels/inns/vacation camps in
Campos do Jordão. It became an excellent advertising medium
to impact a high purchasing power public. Profits from
“Campos do Jordão in your pocket” are also entirely applied
in the Museum’s maintenance.
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