On the morning of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Timken Museum of Art officials found themselves in a scramble.
The Raphael painting “Madonna of the Pinks” was bound to cross the Atlantic for an exhibition in San Diego just a few weeks away. First, the Balboa Park museum needed to finalize terrorism and earthquake insurance that would satisfy the most exacting standards of the National Gallery in London, where the painting usually lives.
The Timken’s chief operating officer, Anita Crider, breathed a sigh of relief later that day. They’d met the holiday deadline.
“Art insurance is totally different than any other kind of insurance,” she said. It was her first time arranging such a thing; her background is in investment banking.