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Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (Spanish: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Basque: Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa) is an art museum located in the city of Bilbao, Spain. The building of the museum is located entirely inside the city's Doña Casilda Iturrizar park.

It is the second largest and most visited museum in the Basque Country, after the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and one of the richest Spanish museums outside Madrid. It houses a valuable and quite comprehensive collection of Basque, Spanish and European art from the Middle Ages to contemporary, including paintings by old masters like El Greco, Cranach, Murillo, Goya, Van Dyck, Ruisdael and Bellotto, together with 19th century and modern: Sorolla, Mary Cassatt, Gauguin, Henri Le Sidaner, James Ensor, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon.



The collection of the present Bilbao Fine Arts Museum originated with the merger of the collections from the first Museo de Bellas Artes, inaugurated in 1914, and the Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art) in 1924. Contributions from local institutions, from private individuals and the museum's own acquisitions helped to shape the essential profile of the collection and oriented its subsequent growth.


Notable for the lengthy period it covers (from the 12th century to the present day) and the extraordinary variety of art works acquired since its inception, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum collection currently boasts more than six thousand works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and objects from the decorative arts.

Essential works

  • Adolfo Guiard: Village Girl with Red Carnation - c. 1903
  • Alberto Sánchez: Figures in a Landscape - c. 1960–1962
  • Ambrosius Benson: Pietà at the Foot of the Cross, (fragment) - c. 1530
  • Anonymous, Catalan: Descent and The Flood or Noah's Ark - last third of the 13th century
  • Anthony van Dyck: Lamentation over the Dead Christ - c. 1634–1640
  • Antoni Tàpies: Great Oval or Painting - c. 1955
  • Antonis Mor (Anthonis van Dashort): Portrait of Philip II - c. 1549–1550
  • Aurelio Arteta: The Bridge at Burceña - c. 1925–1930
  • Bartolomé Bermejo: Flagellation of Saint Engracia - c. 1474–1478
  • Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: St. Lesmes - c. 1655
  • Bernardo Bellotto: Landscape with Palace or Architectural Capriccio with Palace - c. 1765–1766
  • Darío de Regoyos: Bathing in Rentería. Soir Eléctrique - c. 1899
  • Diego de la Cruz (painter): Christ of Pity - c. 1485
  • Eduardo Chillida: Around the Vacuum I - c. 1964
  • El Greco (Domenikos Theotokópoulos): The Annunciation - c. 1596–1600
  • Francis Bacon: Lying Figure in Mirror - c. 1971
  • Francisco de Goya: Portrait of Martín Zapater - c. 1797
  • Francisco de Zurbarán: The Virgin with the Child Jesus and the Child St. John - c. 1662
  • Francisco Durrio: Head of Christ - c. 1895–1896
  • Ignacio Zuloaga: Portrait of Countess Mathieu de Noailles - c. 1913
  • Jan Mandijn (or Mandyn): Burlesque Feast - c. 1550
  • Joaquín Sorolla: The Relic - c. 1893
  • Jorge Oteiza: Portrait of an armed Gudari (basque soldier) called Odysseus - c. 1975
  • José de Ribera: St. Sebastian cured by the Holy Women - c. 1621
  • José Gutiérrez Solana: On the Game - c. 1915–1917
  • Juan de Arellano: Basket of Flowers - c.1671
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder: Lucrecia - c. 1530
  • Luis Fernández: Head of Dead Bull - c. 1939
  • Luis Meléndez: Still-Life with Fruit and Jug - c. 1773
  • Luis Paret y Alcázar: View of the Arenal at Bilbao - c. 1783–1784
  • Marten de Vos: The Abduction of Europa - c. 1590
  • Mary Cassatt: Woman seated with a child in her arms - c. 1890
  • Michel Erhart: Saint Ana, the Virgin and Child - c. 1485–1490
  • Orazio Gentileschi: Lot and his Daughters - c. 1628
  • Óscar Domínguez: Le Chasseur - c. 1933
  • Paul Cézanne: Bathers - c. 1896–1898
  • Paul Gauguin: Washerwomen in Arles - c. 1888
  • Robert Delaunay: Nude Woman Reading - c. 1920
  • Utagawa Kunisada: Kabuki Actor as Wood cutter - c. 1815

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