The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd. San Marino, CA 91108
This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of
the Magna Carta by exploring the language and ideology of
constitutionalism (both written and unwritten) and the rule of law.
While the cornerstone of the exhibition is The Huntington's 13th-century
draft of the Magna Carta, the themes move beyond Medieval England to
explore the relevance of Magna Carta to later English history, the
history of the United States, and the modern world, drawn from various
areas of the Huntington’s collections. The exhibition also delves into
the legend and popular perceptions of Magna Carta. Over the past eight
centuries Magna Carta, as a concept, holds a powerful and empowering
place in the imaginations of thinkers, artists, and rebels,
demonstrating how people across time have offered unique interpretations
of this significant document.
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