Art en route.
The fact that the freight turns out to be far more than “The Judgement of Paris” on the day is therefore not a problem. Nine paintings and 14 drawings from the Friedenstein Castle Foundation in Gotha, the value of which is almost impossible to estimate, need to be transported to Moscow safe and sound for the exhibition “Cranach’s Family between Renaissance and Mannerism”. In expert hands in velvet gloves and carefully embedded in crates, the precious items are taken by truck from Gotha to Frankfurt (FRA) airport. There, the art works are stored until take-off in a secure area and loaded by trained employees in sealed containers. Both are part of the Safe/td2 service. Lufthansa Cargo’s special program for prestigious items is the product of choice for large art works. Complete documentation of the transport chain is also guaranteed. The art works are flown to Moscow in an MD-11F, flight number LH8384, to Domodedovo Airport (DME), south west of the Russian capital city. The last 45 kilometers of the trip are again by road. Then it’s done. Cranach’s paintings and drawings are received by the team at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts – and following the vernissage celebrated by the public. Apropos celebrations, at the wedding in Olympus the Judgement of Paris was in fact made in favor of the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite. She held out the prospect for him of the love of Helena, the most beautiful of all mortal women. Evidently, the young Paris felt this was more tempting than the offers from Hera (world dominance) and Athena (wisdom).