Henry Fuseli’s The Three WitchesOct. 11, 2014-March 30, 2015
Oct. 11, 2014-March 30, 2015
Huntington Art Gallery, Second Floor
The Huntington’s newly acquired painting, The Three Witches
or The Weird Sisters
by Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741–1825), appears to be a finished, full-size study for one of the artist’s best-known compositions. The Huntington’s version of the work was in private hands since its creation around 1782, and this installation marks the first time it has been on public display. The painting depicts the pivotal moment in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth
(act 1, scene 3) when the protagonist encounters a demonic trio of witches who foretell his fate.
Working Women: Images of Female Labor in the Art of Thomas RowlandsonDec. 20, 2014-April 13, 2015
Dec. 20, 2014-April 13, 2015
Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room
As one of Britain’s premier draftsmen, Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) lent his vast talent to the comic depiction of a wide range of topics, from politics to pornography. His satirical views of Georgian society are among his strongest work, and The Huntington’s collection focuses primarily on this aspect of his oeuvre. This display of 11 rarely-exhibited watercolors from the collection focuses on Rowlandson’s depiction of women. Eschewing complex political or philosophical messages, Rowlandson’s images, though humorous, provide a fascinating glimpse into the reality of women’s lives at this time.
The U.S. Constitution and the End of American SlaveryJan. 24-April 20, 2015
Jan. 24-April 20, 2015
Library, West Hall
Just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, 1865, Schuyler Colfax, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, called for the vote on a joint resolution that would amend the Constitution to abolish slavery in the United States. Timed to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment, this exhibition explores the long, tortuous, and bloody road that led to that fateful vote. With more than 80 items, drawn entirely from The Huntington’s collection of historical materials, it features rare manuscripts, books, and prints, including letters by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of InventionJan. 24-May 4, 2015
Jan. 24-May 4, 2015
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing
Samuel F. B. Morse, of Morse code fame, may be better known as an inventor, but he began his career as a painter. This exhibition focuses exclusively on his masterwork, Gallery of the Louvre (1831–1833), featuring great paintings from the Louvre’s collection. The six-by-nine- foot canvas depicts masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Van Dyck, among others, in a configuration deliberately fabricated by Morse.
Between Modernism and Tradition: British Works on Paper, 1914-1948March 28-Sept. 21, 2015
March 28-Sept. 21, 2015
Huntington Art Gallery, West Wing, Second Floor
Early 20th-century modernism in Britain drew its inspiration from avant-garde art movements in France, Germany, and Italy, the best known of which was Vorticism, a dynamic style of jarring colors and bold lines that embraced modernity and the machine age. This exhibition of about two dozen drawings, watercolors, and prints, drawn from The Huntington’s collections, explores the great range of artistic styles employed by British artists through a period of dramatic social upheaval and change.