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Olot Saints Museum

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View of the outside of the Olot Saints Museum

View of the outside of the Olot Saints Museum

The Olot Saints Museum opened in 2007, and the Museum is devoted to housing items related to the craft of creating religious imagery. With the aim of broadening its appeal, it also includes other crafts, popular and traditional culture, and the life and work of Marià Vayreda, one of the founders of the first workshops to make religious figurines in the city, along with his brother Joaquim and Josep Berga i Boix. The workshop was known as, "Arte Cristiano" (Christian Art).

Marià Vayreda, painter and writer, lived on the first floor of the Museum, where he wrote the novel "La punyalada" (The stab), a masterpiece of Catalan literature.

The Museum is housed in a 19th century Gothic Revival building known as "Arte Cristiano". Construction began in 1890 following the designs of the modernist architect Joaquim Codina i Matalí, commissioned by Joaquim Vayreda.

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<p>The Olotine Folkloric Effigies: the new and old giants of Olot, the <em>cabe&ccedil;ut</em> known as Cucut, the <em>Cap de Lligamosques</em> and the small horses costumes. Photo: Blai Farran.</p>
Popular culture. The Olotine Folkloric Effigices.
Popular culture. The Olotine Folkloric Effigices.
<p>Model room.</p>
Model room
Model room
<p>Craftsmen worked to hollow out the sculpture.</p>
Hollowing out and retouching. Basement floor
Hollowing out and retouching. Basement floor
<p>Natural pigments, brushes and oil were frequently used to decorate the figures.</p>
Painting and decorating. Ground floor
Painting and decorating. Ground floor
<p>Marian Vayreda display. Photography: Blai Farran.</p>
Marian Vayreda i Vila (Olot, 1853, 1903)
Marian Vayreda i Vila (Olot, 1853, 1903)
They don’t just make saints at the Saints workshops.
They don’t just make saints at the Saints workshops.
They don’t just make saints at the Saints workshops.
The nativity scene tradition in Olot
The nativity scene tradition in Olot
The nativity scene tradition in Olot

OBJECTS

<p>Human torso used for teaching purposes. Photo: Blai Farran.</p>
Secular object
Secular object
<p>Set of images of Sacred Hearts made in various workshops in the town of Olot (19th and 20th centuries). Photo: Blai Farran.</p>
Religious object
Religious object
<p>Photo of the "Arte Cristiano" workshop (1896-1906). Garrotxa Regional Archives. Image Services.</p>
The "Arte Cristiano" workshop...
The "Arte Cristiano" workshop (1896-1906)
<p>Creating the mould. Photo: Anna Pons.</p>
Creating the mould
Creating the mould
<p>Glass eyes for the figures. Photo: Anna Pons.</p>
Glass eyes
Glass eyes
<p>"El Cucut" and "la Xurruca". Garrotxa Regional Archives. Image Services. Casul&agrave; archives.</p>
"El Cucut" and "la Xurruca"
"El Cucut" and "la Xurruca"
<p>The dance of the "Drac del Carme" (Dragon of St. Carmen) 1928. Garrotxa Regional Archives. Image Services. Dou collection.</p>
"Drac del Carme"
"Drac del Carme"
<p>Still from the film "La punyalada" (The stab), based on the novel by Mari&agrave; Vayreda.</p>
"La punyalada" (The stab)
"La punyalada" (The stab)

INFORMATION

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http://museus.olot.cat
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museusants@olot.cat

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