Works of art from Aberdeen will be exhibited in Sweden, Japan and Spain as part of a programme of international loans.
Members of the city council’s city growth and resources committee unanimously backed the plans, which would see officers accompany works of art on loan to international venues.
All travel and loan costs will be met by the borrowing institution.
The programme includes the loan of a John Singer Sargent self-portrait to the National Museum in Stockholm.
Aberdeen will also be represented in the exhibition Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism at three venues in Japan – the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo, Kurume City Art Museum and the Abeno Harukas Art Museum in Osaka.
A piece by Fernand Léger will be displayed at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern in Spain next year in an exhibition originating at Tate Liverpool and touring to Valencia as a second venue.
Councillor Marie Boulton, the council’s culture spokeswoman, said: “The calibre of exhibition will really enhance Aberdeen’s standing on the world stage and is a great way of embracing our focus on internationalisation and strengthening the city’s reputation as a destination in its own right.
“Our growing cultural offering is a major part of that long-term vision and the collections will be a major draw in the years ahead.”
Members heard the significance, high value and fragility of the artworks mean works travelling internationally need to be accompanied by staff.