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American Airlines Brings Masterpieces to San Antonio For Art Exhibit

American Airlines Cargo was entrusted to carry artistic masterpieces from Spain to San Antonio for an exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art exhibition, “Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid.”

The exhibit will be available through Sept. 16.

“These works of art are incredibly important to the city of San Antonio as they celebrate their tricentennial,” said Sandy Scott, director of Europe and Asia Cargo Operations for American Airlines. “Of course, safely and securely transporting priceless Picasso and El Greco works across the globe is no easy task. This project required our team members to work together in a creative way while also partnering seamlessly with multiple outside companies in four different countries. While it was a huge undertaking, I’m proud that it was a success thanks to our teams’ dedication to protecting their cargo — no matter what it is — and ensuring a safe and timely delivery.”

(Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1618-1682)

The Annunciation (La Anunciación), ca. 1650

Oil on canvas, h. 72 1/16 in. (183 cm); w. 88 9/16 in. (225 cm)

Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, P00969

© Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.)

(Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)Manuel Godoy as Prince of the Peace (Manuel Godoy como principe de la Paz), 1801

Oil on canvas, h. 38 3/16 in. (97 cm); w. 28 3/4 in. (73 cm)

Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, inv. 670)

(El Greco (Greek, active Spain, 1541-1614)Saint Francis in Ecstasy (Extasis de San Francisco), ca. 1600-1605

Oil on canvas, h. 76 3/8 in. (194 cm); w. 59 1/16 in. (150 cm)

Museo Cerralbo, Madrid, inv. 01982

Archivo Fotográfico, Museo Cerralbo, Madrid, España.)

The exhibit is part of San Antonio’s tricentennial celebration. The city of San Antonio was founded in 1718 by Spanish Franciscan missionaries.

By Elizabeth Atkinson