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The Byzantine Emperors on Coins

The Byzantine Emperors on Coins

by Jonathan Shea — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:51 PM

One hundred twenty seven Byzantine coins, one for each Byzantine emperor, plus the few usurpers who struck coins are presented in this online exhibition. All the objects have been selected from the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Coin Collection in order to present the viewer with a glimpse into one of the largest Byzantine coin collections in the world.

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Bookbindings: “Of Making Many Books There Is No End”

Bookbindings: “Of Making Many Books There Is No End”

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:51 PM

This exhibit examines some methods of binding books and some of the broader significance of particular materials and styles.

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Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian

by Sarah Burke Cahalan — last modified Jun 20, 2017 02:25 PM

A contribution to the 25th anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Ces pièces immortelles: Early Numismatic Books in the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Ces pièces immortelles: Early Numismatic Books in the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

by katyv — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:23 AM

This exhibition explores the foundations of numismatic study of Roman and Byzantine coins from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries through numismatic catalogues and other publications held in the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection.

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The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

by Sarah Burke Cahalan — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:27 AM

An exhibit of materials from the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection to accompany the Dumbarton Oaks 2013 fall symposium.

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The Holy Apostles—Visualizing a Lost Monument

The Holy Apostles—Visualizing a Lost Monument

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:54 PM

An online exhibition to accompany the 2015 Byzantine symposium on the Holy Apostles and an on-site exhibition in the Orientation Gallery of Dumbarton Oaks.

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Garden Perspectives

Garden Perspectives

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:55 PM

An online exhibit to accompany an installation of archival and contemporary photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in the Catalogue House, on view beginning November 20, 2015.

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Before the Blisses: Nineteenth-Century Connoisseurship of the Byzantine Minor Arts

Before the Blisses: Nineteenth-Century Connoisseurship of the Byzantine Minor Arts

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:53 PM

This exhibition examines the ways in which nineteenth-century collections and illustrated catalogs impacted the study and appreciation of early Christian, Byzantine, and medieval “minor arts” before the Blisses began their collections.

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Margaret Mee

Margaret Mee

by katyv — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:56 PM

Margaret Mee, botanical artist of the Amazon

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Before Byzantium: The Early Activities of Thomas Whittemore (1871–1931)

Before Byzantium: The Early Activities of Thomas Whittemore (1871–1931)

by Rona Razon — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:37 AM

This online exhibit presents Thomas Whittemore’s personal and professional activities from 1871 to 1931.

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From Clearing to Cataloging: The Corpus of Tunisian Mosaics

by Anne-Marie Viola — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:44 AM

This exhibit highlights the Margaret Alexander Collection at Dumbarton Oaks, and was developed to coincide with the 2012 Byzantine Studies symposium, “Rome Re-Imagined: Byzantine and Early Islamic Africa, c. 500–800.”

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Capturing Warfare: Enemies and Allies in the Pre-Columbian World

Capturing Warfare: Enemies and Allies in the Pre-Columbian World

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:52 PM

This exhibit highlights two representations of warfare in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica and the Andes.

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Robert & Monnoyer: French Botanical Artists of the Seventeenth Century

Robert & Monnoyer: French Botanical Artists of the Seventeenth Century

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:53 PM

This exhibit provides illustrations from the leading proponents of two styles of French botanical illustration from the seventeenth century.

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Leaden Gospels

Leaden Gospels

by Jonathan Shea — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:47 AM

To accompany the 2013 Spring Symposium "New Testament in Byzantium," this exhibit presents and discusses several of the rare Byzantine lead seals from the collection that depict New Testament narrative scenes and figures.

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The Ancient Future: Mesoamerican and Andean Timekeeping

The Ancient Future: Mesoamerican and Andean Timekeeping

by Sarah Burke Cahalan — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:57 PM

The Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations used complex and multiple timekeeping systems for purposes of agriculture, worship, and political authority. Because little of the material record of the pre-Conquest peoples of the Americas survived, scholars through the ages have had limited primary sources to study to reach a comprehensive understanding of timekeeping in the Americas.

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Standing on Ceremony: Processions, Pathways, and Plazas

Standing on Ceremony: Processions, Pathways, and Plazas

by Bridget Gazzo — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:24 AM

An exhibit to accompany the Pre-Columbian Studies 2014 fall symposium, “Processions in the Ancient Americas: Approaches and Perspectives.”

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A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films

A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films

by Fani Gargova — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:38 AM

This online exhibit presents the moving images produced by the Byzantine Institute during its restoration and cleaning activities at the Red Sea Monasteries in Egypt and the Hagia Sophia and Kariye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Past and Present: Views of Maya Monuments

Past and Present: Views of Maya Monuments

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:55 PM

An interactive online exhibit to accompany the Pre-Columbian Studies exhibition, Stephens & Catherwood Revisited: Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time, on view September 1 through November 30, 2015

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God’s Regents on Earth: A Thousand Years of Byzantine Imperial Seals

God’s Regents on Earth: A Thousand Years of Byzantine Imperial Seals

by Jonathan Shea — last modified Jun 25, 2017 08:53 AM

For over a thousand years the Byzantine Emperor ruled as God’s regent of earth. The decisions of the individuals who sat on the throne had repercussions throughout the Byzantine world and far beyond. Decrees, letters, judgments, and commands left Constantinople every day signed by the emperor in red ink and secured with the imperial seal. The designs of the imperial seals provide an insight into the minds and policies of the rulers whose image they bore; they tell us not only how they wished to be viewed by the recipients of their letters, but also how they viewed themselves.

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