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Magna Carta copy coming to Boston

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One of only four remaining copies of the original Magna Carta is coming to Boston. The Museum of Fine Arts will display the document this summer as part of a special exhibition in its Art of the Americas Wing. In case you’ve forgotten, Magna Carta, which was written in 1215, has been a foundation for centuries for documents establishing liberty and individual rights, including the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. “I am incredibly proud to bring Magna Carta to Boston, where it inspired so many Sons of Liberty and Founding Fathers to action, and am grateful to the Lincoln Cathedral for this extraordinary loan,” MFA director Malcolm Rogers said in a statement. “This foundational document will hold a place of honor among American masterpieces and colonial treasures that bring some of the Commonwealth’s most famous patriots to life.” The MFA exhibit “Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty,” will be on display from July 2-Sept. 1. It will then travel to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

James Burnett can be reached at james.burnett@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesBurnett.
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