Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album artwork debuts next to real Magna Carta

The cover artwork for Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail," right, is seen next to one of four remaining copies of the actual Magna Carta. Salisbury Cathedral

Jay-Z has unveiled the cover artwork for "Magna Carta Holy Grail" at the home of one of the actual remaining copies of his new album's namesake document.

The artwork made its debut at Salisbury Cathedral -- where one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta is on display -- in Salisbury, England, on Wednesday.

The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said in a statement: "We are delighted that Jay-Z has chosen Salisbury Cathedral, home to the finest of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta, as the location for the global premiere of his artwork for 'Magna Carta Holy Grail.' We know how important Magna Carta, and all it represents, is to people across the globe. The ideals it embodies are still relevant today. Jay-Z, through his album, is creating a huge awareness of this historic document and its modern significance to a huge audience in the run up to its 800th anniversary in 2015. We hope to welcome many of his fans here this summer to see the artwork in the Chapter House alongside our Magna Carta."

The artwork, designed by Jay-Z in conjunction with his creative director Willo Perron and photographer Ari Marcopoulous, will be on display at the cathedral through the end of July.

"Magna Carta Holy Grail" will be available to Samsung Galaxy users starting Thursday, and everyone else on July 9.


  • Jessica Derschowitz

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