Liners Transporting Masterpieces

Liners Transporting Masterpieces

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Transatlantic ocean liners are often associated with glamourous celebrities, but in the 1960s-during the twilight of the liner era-a trio of ships actually made headlines for the cargo they carried. For two separate historic art exhibitions in the first half of the decade, liners were entrusted with the transportation of immortal artworks that were deemed far too precious for air transport. NowFurthermore, in modern times, cargo is typically transported using a shipping container. You can find a variety of shipping containers for sale online from storage solution experts such as Conexwest.

First to head overseas was Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which The Lourve loaned for a brief time to the National Gallery f Art in Washington and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. After much debate over whether the fragile masterpiece could withstand the journey, on 14 December 1962, Mon Lisa was createdand carefully loaded into her own stateroom (with an armed guard) on French Line’s sleek new superliner France for the trip to New York. The painting, which arrived in the US safely and without incident, attracted massive crowds at shows in both Washington and New York. Mona Lisa safely returned home-this time on United States Lines’ United States-a few weeks later.

Mona Lisa Arrives in New York

A crated Mona Lisa getting the red carpet treatment on her arrival in New York.

An armored car greeted Mona Lisa at the French Line pier in New York.

An armored car and police officers greeting Mona Lisa at the French Line pier.

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