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Olot Saints Museum

The Olot Saints and Marià Vayreda

<p>Stained-glass windows from the Vayreda display.</p>

Stained-glass windows from the Vayreda display.

In the first space in this area you can see different examples from sculptors who started working in the saints workshops in Olot, and who went on to become prestigious sculptors today. There are some examples of work by Miquel Blay, Josep Llimona, Joaquim Claret and Celestí Devesa.

In the next room, on the right-hand side, you can see a short history of the workshops, with a sculpture from the early period of Josep Berga i Boix and another sculpture by Josep Berga i Boada.

During the Civil War the workshops were forced to produce torsos for teaching purposes, political busts and decorative figurines, in order to avoid having to close or even being killed. However, some still managed make money producing saints in secret, selling them to South America.

The rest of the room displays examples of figurines produced by the different workshops in town; during the '50s there were more than thirty workshops open.

This part of the building is where Marià Vayreda lived with his family and where most of his literary work was written, including "La punyalada" among others, one of the great works of Catalan literature.

To finish off the visit you should head to the ground floor and ask the Customer Information Service to see the audiovisual media available for the musem, which has a summary of the content and gives a historical overview of the craft and its importance to the town.


<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)
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