Museum of Art Reproductions

The Museum of Art Reproductions is located at San Francisco, 14. The museum is situated in the old church called Iglesia del Corazon de Maria. That is why one can see stained glass windows in the museum. The museum came about because in 1922 the Council for Basque Culture proposed to the Regional Government of Bizkaia and to the Bilbao City Council that a museum of art reproductions be created. The men who proposed these were Manuel Ramirez Escudero and Higinio Basterra. The motion was approved and important European museums were contacted to make copies of the best sculptures they had. Among the museums involved were the British Museum, the Louvre, the Pergamonmuseum, Vatican Museum, and the Academia of Florence. The quality of the sculptures is very high because these are first copies of the originals. The object of the copies is that they can be used to teach the history of art to young people in universities and art academies. There are 22 of these reproductions in the museum. Among the best are the Hermes of Olympia (original done by Praxiteles), Lorenzo de Medici (from Michelangelo), Moses (from Michelangelo), Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, Apollo Belvedere, Laocoonte and His Sons, and the Borghese Gladiator.