"They don't open the crate; they just let them acclimate," Pheysey said.
The next day, couriers who accompany the paintings unscrew the crate and let it sit overnight again. Depending on how quickly the couriers have to return to their home country, the crate holding the painting will be unscrewed a little at a time over several days.
"It depends on the painting, too," Pheysey said. "Canvas paintings don't have to be drawn out over a two-week period. However, if it were a painting on a wood panel, it would take about two weeks to acclimate it a little at a time."
Couriers will then open the crate fully and remove the archival material covering the work of art. Even then, the painting will remain in the crate overnight to continue the acclimation process.
Finally, the painting is taken to the gallery and installed.
When the painting is installed, either onto the wall or into the framework built exclusively for the exhibit, the couriers perform a condition report.
"They go over every square inch of that painting and they mark down any damage they notice, like flaking paint or if there is a dent," Pheysey said.
This process is done before the paintings are removed from their original location, when the painting arrives at the museum, at the end of the exhibition and when it returns to its home.
Pheysey said this report is done routinely so that if damage does occur, conservators can determine when and where the damage was likely to have happened.
"That's how they determine who is going to pay for it," she said.
The paintings for BYU's exhibit are insured through the LDS Church.
The cost for an undertaking such as this is another matter entirely, BYU Museum of Art director Mark Magleby said.
"It wouldn't be unusual for a large altar piece in terms of its conservation and masterpiece shipping to cost an amount approaching $100,000," Magleby said.
"Sacred Gifts" will feature six altar paintings as well as 17 other paintings from various other locations.
The museum is accepting donations for the exhibit online and during the event.
"Sacred Gifts: The Religious Art of Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann and Frans Schwartz" will run from Nov. 15 until May 2014. Tickets for the event are free but must be obtained online prior to attendance.
Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock is an intern for the Deseret News with Mormon Times. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: emmiliewhitlock
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