Inaugurated in 1987, in Campos do Jordão, the Xylography Museum is a private museum in 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 more than one thousand 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.
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.