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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, gardens, and collections.

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Oct 06, 2017 - Oct 07, 2017

Teotihuacan: The World beyond the City

October 6–7, 2017 | Pre-Columbian Studies Symposium, Barbara Arroyo, Kenneth Hirth, and David Carballo, Symposiarchs
Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 13, 2017

Byzantium, the Arabs, and the Rise of Islam

Colloquium in Memory of Irfan Shahîd (1926–2016)
Oct 15, 2017 - Oct 16, 2017

De Maeyer-Kende Duo

Research

Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Studies Programs Fellowships & Grants Library & Archives Publications

 

Women in Art, 1850–1910

Through March 2018 in the Special Exhibition Gallery | Examines the fashionably dressed urban woman of the late nineteenth century in works collected by the Blisses, who admired the art of the Impressionists.

Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections

Through March 2018 in the Courtyard Gallery | Highlights the craft of bronze metallurgy and the use and meaning of ancient works in bronze.

Ancient Textiles

Through March 2018 in the Textile Gallery | Features late Roman and early Byzantine hangings and curtains alongside Andean looped and woven garments.

 

 

Online Resources

Mapping Cultural Philanthropy

Donors and Cultural Institutions in the Nation’s Capital

 

Dumbarton Oaks – First Postcards, 1945

James N. Carder (September 2017)

Excerpting the Past

Laura Pfuntner investigates hermaphrodites in Byzantine and ancient texts

The Benton Gospels

Dumbarton Oaks Museum acquires rare Greek manuscript