Dutch masterpieces back home until May next year

General CargoOct - 09, 2017
AIRFRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo brought five Dutch masterpieces back to the Netherlands on 29 September for a six-month stay in their former home. Under strict security, the works arrived by truck at the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam, where they can be admired in all their glory from 7 October.

This is the first time that the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, which has around 1,500 paintings by Dutch masters, has loaned a major selection of these works to the Hermitage Amsterdam. This includes classics by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Gerard Dou, which will feature in the special exhibition “Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars”.
Among the paintings is Rembrandt´s “Young Woman with Earrings”, which had to remain in its crate to acclimatise. However, another piece by Rembrandt, “Flora”, was removed from its crate and shown to the collected press, to give an impression of what visitors could expect at the Hermitage Amsterdam. This painting had arrived earlier and already adjusted to conditions in the Netherlands.

Gertjan Roelands, who is in charge of cargo for AIRFRANCE KLM MARTINAIR in Europe, is very proud that AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo was entrusted with the task of bringing a number of these magnificent works to the Netherlands. “There has been a lot of publicity surrounding this exhibition, but the transportation of art is part of our day-to-day business,” he remarked. AIRFRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo has special teams that handle precious cargo of this kind. “We transport art for museums and galleries, but also for private collectors.”

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