to 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.

A little about the history...

It is not known exactly when woodcut printing began to be used or who invented it. Among the knowns, the oldest paper woodcut print illustrates an issue of the Buddhist prayer Diamond Sutra, published by Wang Chieh, in China, in 868.

It is, however, believed that centuries before, the Far East woodcut printing artists were already stamping fabrics, perhaps initially in India. In Europe, the most remote testimony is a piece of fabric stamped in the twelfth century. There are, however, some people who claim that European fabric stamping exists since the sixth century. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Europeans widely used woodcut printing to produce sacred images (saint images) and decks of cards.


The Xylography Museum is open to the public from thursday to monday (just close tuesday and wednesday), from 9 to 12 am and from 2 to 5 pm.

Closes from 1 till 25 december

paid entrance


In our little market in the museum, the visitors can buy:

• engravings from various artists;
• tools, woods and others materials to do xylographys;
• books, including especializeds, see more in www.editoramantiqueira.com.br;
• various souvenirs, like postcards, t-shirts, bags, crafts, etc.

Av. Eduardo Moreira da Cruz, 295,
Campos do Jordão - São Paulo - Brasil

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