The MDAS gathers a collection of more than 2.300 artworks, 500 of which are exhibited. Those numbers are constantly increasing thanks to new donations and deposits. Those pieces date from the XII to the XX century and they all come from the temples of Biscay: from its churches, chapels and monasteries.
Many of them were made in Biscay and by Biscayan artists. Others came from abroad but they were expressly requested for our land. It is not a fine art museum but a Biscayan art museum. It holds art pieces that many generations of people from Biscay have contemplated throughout history. They are artworks that help us to gain a better understanding of their mentality so they are at the same time artworks and historical documents.
The exhibition is divided in three different sections: sculpture-painting, articles made of precious metal and vestments. In each section the art pieces are organized following a stylistic and chronological criterion.
The quality of those pieces is remarkable. The hall that displays the articles made of precious metals gathers one of the best collections of Europe. In another room you can contemplate the English Gothic alabasters, the largest series of art works ever exhibited in Spain. Another section gathers fifteen paintings that depict Christ´s life and which came from the workshop of the Neapolitan Luca Giordano, one of the most important painters of the Baroque. Next to it we will find the harpsichord made by Salvador Bofill that has attracted many musicians here from all over the world.
In the various rooms of the museum, visitors can also see works by Beaugrant, Salvador Carmona, Carnicero, Paret, Asorey, López Villaseñor, Larrea…