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13amend_140x100The U.S. Constitution and the End of American SlaveryJan. 24-April 20, 2015

The U.S. Constitution and the End of American Slavery

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 Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of InventionSamuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of InventionJan. 24-May 4, 2015

Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention

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.

ruins_amphitheater_140x100Glory After the Fall: Images of Ruins in 18th- and 19th-Century British ArtApril 18-Aug. 10, 2015

Glory After the Fall: Images of Ruins in 18th- and 19th-Century British Art

April 18-Aug. 10, 2015

Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room

Possessing a mysterious beauty and a capacity to evoke complex emotions, ruins have fascinated viewers for centuries. They serve as reminders of triumph and achievement while functioning as potent symbols of loss and destruction. With Rome as its primary focus, this exhibition features the prints, drawings, and watercolors of 18th and 19th-century British artists from The Huntington’s art collections.

derelict_140x100Between Modernism and Tradition: British Works on Paper, 1914-1948March 28-Sept. 21, 2015

Between Modernism and Tradition: British Works on Paper, 1914-1948

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.

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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