Bilbao Fine Arts Museum  

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The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum ( Museo de Bellas Artes in Spanish) is located in the city of Bilbao, in northern Spain, and is currently one of the main painting and sculpture museums of Spain. The building of the museum is located entirely inside the city's Doña Casilda Iturrizar park.


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

Village Girl with Red Carnation - c. 1903

Figures in a Landscape - c. 1960-1962

Pietà at the Foot of the Cross, (fragment) - c. 1530

  • Anonymous, Catalan

Descent and The Flood or Noah's Ark - last third of 13th century

Lamentation over the Dead Christ - c. 1634-1640

Great Oval or Painting - c. 1955

Portrait of Philip II - c. 1549-1550

The Bridge at Burceña - c. 1925-1930

Flagellation of Saint Engracia - c. 1474-1478

St. Lesmes - c. 1655

Landscape with Palace or Architectural Capriccio with Palace - c. 1765-1766

Bathing in Rentería. Soir Eléctrique - c. 1899

Christ of Pity - c. 1485

Around the Vacuum I - c. 1964

The Annunciation - c. 1596-1600

Lying Figure in Mirror - c. 1971

Portrait of Martín Zapater - c. 1797

The Virgin with the Child Jesus and the Child St. John - c. 1662

Head of Christ - c. 1895-1896

Portrait of Countess Mathieu de Noailles - c. 1913

Burlesque Feast - c. 1550

The Relic - c. 1893

Portrait of an armed Gudari (basque soldier) called Odysseus - c. 1975

St. Sebastian cured by the Holy Women - c. 1621

On the Game - c. 1915-1917

Basket of Flowers - c.1671

Head of Dead Bull - c. 1939

Still-Life with Fruit and Jug - c. 1773

View of the Arenal at Bilbao - c. 1783-1784

The Abduction of Europa - c. 1590

Woman seated with a child in her arms - c. 1890

Saint Ana, the Virgin and Child - c. 1485-1490

Lot and his Daughters - c. 1628

Le Chasseur - c. 1933

Bathers - c. 1896-1898

Washerwomen in Arles - c. 1888

Nude Woman Reading - c. 1920

Kabuki Actor as Wood cutter - c. 1815

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