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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 garden, 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 publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Dec 02, 2018 - Dec 02, 2018

Blue Heron

Sunday evening concert
Dec 03, 2018 - Dec 03, 2018

Blue Heron

Monday evening concert
Dec 12, 2018 - Dec 12, 2018

Boutet de Monvel’s Joan of Arc and the Beauty of Books in Fin-de-Siècle Paris

Panel discussion at the National Gallery of Art

 

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

 

 

 

Online Resources

 

Juggling the Middle Ages Opening Lecture

Jan Ziolkowski traces the path of Le jongleur de Notre Dame, or Our Lady’s Tumbler, from the story’s first appearance in a 13th-century manuscript to today.

The Space for Nothing

Toru Mitani explores useless use in urban landscape architecture

Fountains Built by Water

Katherine Rinne analyzes fluidity and failure in 16th-century fountains