Crown Fine Art successfully transports colossal 17th and 18th-century portraits to the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum

October 21, 2014

Crown Fine Art Netherlands regularly handles big projects for the Amsterdam Museum, including the shipment of the Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen exhibition – the earliest artist in Amsterdam that we know by name!

Transported colossal 17th and 18th-century portraits to the Hermitage Amsterdam MuseumMore recently, on October 20, the team proudly partnered  with the Amsterdam Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum to install their latest exhibition, provisionally entitled Gallery of the Golden Age, at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Consisting of over 30 large 17th and 18th-century group portraits, from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum and other exhibitions, the permanent exhibition will open on November 29, 2014. Together, the unique portraits illustrate a characteristically Dutch burgher society.

Crown Fine Art successfully packed, shipped and installed the works of art. The project presented a number of challenges as some of the paintings were too large to handle and pack delicately.

In order to install the portraits into the historical building of the Dutch Hermitage, a part of the roof was lifted. This allowed Crown’s expert handlers to maneuver the enormous art safely.

Two of the paintings were far too big to be transported in Crown’s trucks, and so, the team organized a flat-bed truck to transport the items. The use of a flat-bed truck had to be carefully planned, as it meant transporting the works in the open air.

Each crate was also made-to-measure and constructed to withstand hoisting forces applied by the rigging gear. The crated paintings weighed approximately 250-500 Kilos.

In total, the project took three weeks to ship and install. Click here to visit our Facebook page and check out some of the fantastic photos from the big move!

Watch the video below, put together by the Hermitage Amsterdam, to see how Crown Fine Art went about moving 15 massive group portraits in the run-up to the exhibition.


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