|On display at Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art (clockwise from top left): a “Roll Chronicle’’ that details Henry VI’s genealogical descent from Adam and Eve; a 16th-century portrait of Mary I by Hans Eworth; a copy of the Magna Carta; and a reliquary meant to store the remains of St. Thomas Becket. (SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON)|
Antiquarians road show crosses the Atlantic
Richness and romance abound in “Making History: Antiquaries in Britain,’’ a quietly spectacular exhibition that runs at Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art through Dec. 11. The show consists of more than 100 items from the Society of Antiquaries of London, supplemented by 32 more from the Yale Center for British Art Those items are like the contents of the attic of an aristocratic country house - and what contents, what an attic.