Dutch artistic masterpieces flown by KLM from St Petersburg

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KLM Cargo transported works by Dutch artistic masters from St Petersburg to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol this morning before they were moved to the Hermitage Museum.

The works, including Rembrandt’s ‘Young Woman with Earrings’, will be on show at the exhibition ‘Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars’.

KLM Cargo was entrusted with a number of the masterpieces at the Hermitage Amsterdam from 7 October. The works were transported in special, custom-made crates, ensuring they arrived in perfect condition.

The exhibition will feature 63 works by 50 Dutch Masters of the Golden Age, including six paintings by Rembrandt. The majority of these paintings are permanently on show and have not been exhibited in the Netherlands since they were purchased by the tsars.

KLM Cargo executive vice president, Marcel de Nooijer says: “KLM believes it is important to invest in preserving cultural heritage. This partnership with the Hermitage Amsterdam is one example of this kind of investment.

“We are proud that KLM Cargo has been entrusted with the transportation of these works, ensuring that they will be temporarily on show in the Netherlands after more than 300 years.”