Current Exhibitions

Henry Fuseli (1741–1825), The Three Witches or The Weird Sisters, ca. 1782. Oil on canvas, 24 ¾ x 30 ¼ in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Henry Fuseli’s The Three WitchesOct. 11, 2014-March 30, 2015

Henry Fuseli’s The Three Witches

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.

rowlandson_frigate_140x100.pngWorking Women: Images of Female Labor in the Art of Thomas RowlandsonDec. 20, 2014-April 13, 2015

Working Women: Images of Female Labor in the Art of Thomas Rowlandson

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.

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.

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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