World renowned masterpiece The Milkmaid travels in Louis Vuitton

World renowned masterpiece The Milkmaid travels in Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton and Rijksmuseum are reunited once again through the Art of Travel for the transportation of the masterpiece painting The Milkmaid from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands to the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

In 1924, the House made a trunk for Rene Gimpel, a French art gallerist, enabling him to travel worldwide to present and propose masterpieces to his clients. Since then Louis Vuitton is the master-packer of some of the most precious items in the world and has been entrusted by clients around the world to transport their art and supplies, creating cases that protect and transport their belongings.

The trunk, handcrafted in Louis Vuitton’s historic workshops in Asnieres, was specially created to transport the masterpiece The Milkmaid by Vermeer. Sometimes called The Kitchen Maid, is an oil-on-canvas painting of a “milkmaid”. Vermeer took this simple everyday activity and made it the subject of an impressive painting.

Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened it’s doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, as well as developing ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewellery and fragrances. These disciplines are a testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship.