The Library of Montserrat collection of engravings is made up of 18,700 works, including engravings, lithographs and serigraphs, which contain biblical themes, portraits, saints, history, mythology, allegories, heraldry, customs and topography. This collection became important from 1914, when Fr. Abbot Marcet, during his visits to Rome began to acquire paintings in order to ennoble the environments of the monastery and promote the artistic culture of the monks. These paintings were accompanied by prints that with the advice of Fr. Bonaventura Ubach, who lived in Rome at that time, tried to make them biblical. Fr. Ubach also acquired engravings from the Old and New Testaments on his own, which currently form an important part of the engraving collection.

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This fund was also increased with the prints that accompanied some books bought by Father Antoni Tobella. They were huge piles that gave rise to the need to catalog and order this fund that until then was kept in bags, folders and piles. The person in charge of carrying out this work was Fr. Gusi, a cultured man with artistic sensitivity, who designed the cabinets with three-size drawers to store the prints horizontally. The prints were organized by themes and sizes and cataloged by author and theme.


The prints also came with some book donations and especially in 1965 with the legacy of Just Cabot, a former Paris bookseller, who contributed the series by Piranesi and Goya. Other important legacies were that of Xavier Busquets who contributed the woodcut series of the Passió de N.S. Jesucrist by Lucas Cranach and the linocuts in colours by Picasso, edited by G. Gili. The collection also includes works by engravers such as Mantegna, Dürer, Rembrandt, Callot and others more closely related such as Pere Pasqual Moles, Fortuny, Picasso and Dalí; about some fifteen Japanese woodcuts; burin engravings on the anchorites and hermits of Thebaid or the catalogue of popular woodcuts by the Guasp de Mallorca. 

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Special mention should be made of the collection of Montserrat-themed prints. Devotion to the Virgin of Montserrat began around the 15th century thanks to the printing press that was then starting up and which published publications for different Confraternities of Montserrat that were spreading throughout Europe, such as the woodcut prints of the Confraria de la Cambra Angelical de la Gloriosa Verge Maria de Montserrat (Barcelona) between 1507 and 1510. Intaglio was also added with the great prints such as that of the Italian Antonio Lafreri (Rome, 1572). Since then, the iconography of Montserrat has spread with a wide variety of expressions: the image of the Virgin and the Child with the mountain as a background where the hermitages, churches and the monastery are indicated is the most typical of which different styles and contents have been developed.

Also noteworthy is the change in the representation of the mountain before and after the destruction, such as the very realistic Laborde series of 1806 and the more romantic Langlois series of 1830. Within the Montserrat collection there are also representations of miracles and legends, such as that of Fra Garí. 

Currently, the collection of engravings on Montserrat consists of some 450 prints.
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