‘The Library Re-Imagined,’ at the Huntington – NYTimes.com

SAN MARINO, Calif. — What does a 15th-century illuminated manuscript of “The Canterbury Tales” have in common with an “Old Mission Brand” label from a crate of oranges? What is the connection between the novelist Thackeray’s 1853 drawing of a black girl in South Carolina and plantings meant to echo the famed Chinese gardens of Suzhou? What could possibly connect 19th-century light bulbs and Gainsborough’s much-loved painting “Blue Boy”?

via ‘The Library Re-Imagined,’ at the Huntington – NYTimes.com.