Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks Dumbarton Oaks is a museum, garden, & research institute in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Operated by Harvard University, it supports Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies.
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World's Top-10 Garden (National Geographic) Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications.

World's Top-10 Garden (National Geographic) Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications.

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If you've stopped by our gardens recently, you may have noticed the masonry and brickwork around Lovers’ Lane Pool recen...
07/09/2021

If you've stopped by our gardens recently, you may have noticed the masonry and brickwork around Lovers’ Lane Pool recently got a touch-up!

Farrand modeled the pool and its brick amphitheater of about fifty seats on the theater at the Accademia degli Arcadi in the Bosco Parrasio in Rome, the home of the literary society of the Arcadians.

The 15 original cast stone columns on the south and east sides of the pool were cleaned, repaired, and stabilized, and two of the columns were moved to improve their visibility.

Two severely damaged urn finials atop the columns were repaired, and two missing urns were recast and replaced according to Farrand’s design. The brick amphitheater seating, steps, and retaining wall were also repaired.

Explore the history and Farrand's design of Lovers' Lane Pool: http://ow.ly/b4bV50FsH5d

If you've stopped by our gardens recently, you may have noticed the masonry and brickwork around Lovers’ Lane Pool recently got a touch-up!

Farrand modeled the pool and its brick amphitheater of about fifty seats on the theater at the Accademia degli Arcadi in the Bosco Parrasio in Rome, the home of the literary society of the Arcadians.

The 15 original cast stone columns on the south and east sides of the pool were cleaned, repaired, and stabilized, and two of the columns were moved to improve their visibility.

Two severely damaged urn finials atop the columns were repaired, and two missing urns were recast and replaced according to Farrand’s design. The brick amphitheater seating, steps, and retaining wall were also repaired.

Explore the history and Farrand's design of Lovers' Lane Pool: http://ow.ly/b4bV50FsH5d

Speculum calls the Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library's translations of Ælfric's OLD ENGLISH LIVES OF SAINTS "long needed"...
07/08/2021

Speculum calls the Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library's translations of Ælfric's OLD ENGLISH LIVES OF SAINTS "long needed" and "intelligible to all readers."

Read Damian Fleming's full review: http://ow.ly/dki650FrKld

And get 20% off #DOML volumes for International Medieval Congress - University of Leeds, from Harvard University Harvard University Pressarvard.edu/exhibits/HX7606

#IMC2021

Speculum calls the Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library's translations of Ælfric's OLD ENGLISH LIVES OF SAINTS "long needed" and "intelligible to all readers."

Read Damian Fleming's full review: http://ow.ly/dki650FrKld

And get 20% off #DOML volumes for International Medieval Congress - University of Leeds, from Harvard University Harvard University Pressarvard.edu/exhibits/HX7606

#IMC2021

It's #WorldChocolateDay! This Early Classic #Maya bowl was probably once filled with a chocolate drink to feed the spiri...
07/07/2021

It's #WorldChocolateDay! This Early Classic #Maya bowl was probably once filled with a chocolate drink to feed the spirit of the deceased.

The bowl depicts a personage with striped cacao pods growing from various places on his body, perhaps personifying a cacao plants or possibly a Chocolate God.

🎨From our #PreColumbian art collection: http://ow.ly/LmkR50FqVPB

It's #WorldChocolateDay! This Early Classic #Maya bowl was probably once filled with a chocolate drink to feed the spirit of the deceased.

The bowl depicts a personage with striped cacao pods growing from various places on his body, perhaps personifying a cacao plants or possibly a Chocolate God.

🎨From our #PreColumbian art collection: http://ow.ly/LmkR50FqVPB

Happy #FeastDay to Saint Seaxburh! She ruled for a time in the 7th century as queen of the kingdom of Kent and founded s...
07/06/2021

Happy #FeastDay to Saint Seaxburh! She ruled for a time in the 7th century as queen of the kingdom of Kent and founded several abbeys that still stand today.

Legend also says that when she attempted to move the body of her sister Saint Æthelthryth from a grave into a sarcophagus, she found it perfectly preserved; here you can see a depiction of the scene in J. Charles Wall's SHRINES OF BRITISH SAINTS.

Read about the sisters’ story in the life of Saint Æthelthryth in the Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library’s OLD ENGLISH LIVES OF SAINTS, VOLUME 2. From Harvard University Press: http://ow.ly/JXdU50Fn2Kc

📷 Painted panel showing Seaxburh transferring her sister’s remains. From J. Charles Wall, Shrines of British Saints (1905), p. 56.

Happy #FeastDay to Saint Seaxburh! She ruled for a time in the 7th century as queen of the kingdom of Kent and founded several abbeys that still stand today.

Legend also says that when she attempted to move the body of her sister Saint Æthelthryth from a grave into a sarcophagus, she found it perfectly preserved; here you can see a depiction of the scene in J. Charles Wall's SHRINES OF BRITISH SAINTS.

Read about the sisters’ story in the life of Saint Æthelthryth in the Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library’s OLD ENGLISH LIVES OF SAINTS, VOLUME 2. From Harvard University Press: http://ow.ly/JXdU50Fn2Kc

📷 Painted panel showing Seaxburh transferring her sister’s remains. From J. Charles Wall, Shrines of British Saints (1905), p. 56.

Thinking about the end of the long weekend...From our #Ephemera collection, a postcard of the French stage actress Sarah...
07/05/2021

Thinking about the end of the long weekend...

From our #Ephemera collection, a postcard of the French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt as the Empress Theodora in Victorien Sardou's 1884 play THÉODORA.

The character propelled the empress into the popular imagination of the time, transforming her into an icon of fashion, theater, and film. Many westerners were first exposed to the #Byzantine world through imaginative renderings of Theodora.

👑: http://ow.ly/gyY550Fn2fa

Thinking about the end of the long weekend...

From our #Ephemera collection, a postcard of the French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt as the Empress Theodora in Victorien Sardou's 1884 play THÉODORA.

The character propelled the empress into the popular imagination of the time, transforming her into an icon of fashion, theater, and film. Many westerners were first exposed to the #Byzantine world through imaginative renderings of Theodora.

👑: http://ow.ly/gyY550Fn2fa

We're gearing up for the International Medieval Congress - University of Leeds, which starts tomorrow! #IMC2021 Be sure ...
07/04/2021

We're gearing up for the International Medieval Congress - University of Leeds, which starts tomorrow! #IMC2021

Be sure to stop by our Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library booth in the virtual exhibit hall -- all #DOML volumes are 20% off through July!

Via Harvard University Press: http://ow.ly/intj50Fn1Z2

We're gearing up for the International Medieval Congress - University of Leeds, which starts tomorrow! #IMC2021

Be sure to stop by our Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library booth in the virtual exhibit hall -- all #DOML volumes are 20% off through July!

Via Harvard University Press: http://ow.ly/intj50Fn1Z2

How we're feeling about this heat wave🥵🐸🐈 Also, happy #Caturday! No, it's not a mistake: this jar depicts a supernatural...
07/03/2021

How we're feeling about this heat wave🥵🐸

🐈 Also, happy #Caturday! No, it's not a mistake: this jar depicts a supernatural creature in #Moche iconography known as the Botanical Frog, which has frog, plant, and feline attributes.

🐸 The frog face and body provide the primary form, thought to resemble the Leptodactylus pentadactylus frog of South America. The plant features of the Botanical Frog show manioc (cassava) tubers hanging from the rear of the frog, and the feline features appear in the striped legs and slender, claw-like feet.

🌱 Take a closer look: http://ow.ly/RZvm50Fn1j9

How we're feeling about this heat wave🥵🐸

🐈 Also, happy #Caturday! No, it's not a mistake: this jar depicts a supernatural creature in #Moche iconography known as the Botanical Frog, which has frog, plant, and feline attributes.

🐸 The frog face and body provide the primary form, thought to resemble the Leptodactylus pentadactylus frog of South America. The plant features of the Botanical Frog show manioc (cassava) tubers hanging from the rear of the frog, and the feline features appear in the striped legs and slender, claw-like feet.

🌱 Take a closer look: http://ow.ly/RZvm50Fn1j9

Now that summer is here, our garden staff prunes the #wisteria each week! The three varieties of wisteria in our #garden...
07/02/2021

Now that summer is here, our garden staff prunes the #wisteria each week! The three varieties of wisteria in our #gardens bring stunning blooms in the spring, but the seedpods and vegetative offshoots of the Japanese and Chinese varieties must be closely managed to prevent invasive spread.

#FlowerFriday

Now that summer is here, our garden staff prunes the #wisteria each week! The three varieties of wisteria in our #gardens bring stunning blooms in the spring, but the seedpods and vegetative offshoots of the Japanese and Chinese varieties must be closely managed to prevent invasive spread.

#FlowerFriday

07/01/2021

Due to slippery conditions from the heavy rain and thunderstorms, the gardens are closing. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!

"Hydrangea arborescens L.," commonly known as seven barks or wild hydrangea, a #watercolor by the illustrator and amateu...
07/01/2021

"Hydrangea arborescens L.," commonly known as seven barks or wild hydrangea, a #watercolor by the illustrator and amateur botanist Fred Prince, likely from his RAINBOW IN THE GRASS: WILDFLOWERS OF THE MARVEL CAVE OZARKS (June 1934).

Prince notes the flower is found "in moist ravines; wherever there is permanent moisture."

🎨: pl. 156. Hydrangea arborescens L. Seven barks; wild hydrangea; .... [color plate] (seq. 16), from http://ow.ly/S2xP50FkfuF

#WorldWatercolorMonth

"Hydrangea arborescens L.," commonly known as seven barks or wild hydrangea, a #watercolor by the illustrator and amateur botanist Fred Prince, likely from his RAINBOW IN THE GRASS: WILDFLOWERS OF THE MARVEL CAVE OZARKS (June 1934).

Prince notes the flower is found "in moist ravines; wherever there is permanent moisture."

🎨: pl. 156. Hydrangea arborescens L. Seven barks; wild hydrangea; .... [color plate] (seq. 16), from http://ow.ly/S2xP50FkfuF

#WorldWatercolorMonth

Can you solve this riddle from our new Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library volume? #InternationalJokeDay"Fleeing in many co...
07/01/2021

Can you solve this riddle from our new Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library volume? #InternationalJokeDay

"Fleeing in many colors, I leave heaven and earth behind;
there is no place for me on the ground, nor in the sphere of the sky.
No one else so dreads such a fearful exile;
but with moist drops I shall make the world grow green."

Get the answer and hundreds more riddles in THE OLD ENGLISH AND ANGLO-LATIN RIDDLE TRADITION, and get 20% off this and other Old English and medieval Latin titles through July! ➡ http://ow.ly/9fGs50Fkeym

Can you solve this riddle from our new Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library volume? #InternationalJokeDay

"Fleeing in many colors, I leave heaven and earth behind;
there is no place for me on the ground, nor in the sphere of the sky.
No one else so dreads such a fearful exile;
but with moist drops I shall make the world grow green."

Get the answer and hundreds more riddles in THE OLD ENGLISH AND ANGLO-LATIN RIDDLE TRADITION, and get 20% off this and other Old English and medieval Latin titles through July! ➡ http://ow.ly/9fGs50Fkeym

Blending study of #Byzantine texts, chants, and acoustics, Bissera Pentcheva (Stanford University Department of Art & Ar...
06/30/2021

Blending study of #Byzantine texts, chants, and acoustics, Bissera Pentcheva (Stanford University Department of Art & Art History) explored the phenomena of light and sound in fostering knowledge of God in #HagiaSophia in her recent public #lecture.

"The Concept and Experience of Holy Wisdom in Hagia Sophia" is now available to view on our website! ➡ http://ow.ly/Os8e50Fke8H

Blending study of #Byzantine texts, chants, and acoustics, Bissera Pentcheva (Stanford University Department of Art & Art History) explored the phenomena of light and sound in fostering knowledge of God in #HagiaSophia in her recent public #lecture.

"The Concept and Experience of Holy Wisdom in Hagia Sophia" is now available to view on our website! ➡ http://ow.ly/Os8e50Fke8H

We are pleased to offer the new Flora Clancy Summer #Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers! Availabl...
06/30/2021

We are pleased to offer the new Flora Clancy Summer #Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers! Available to scholars in #Maya studies who are academically based in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, or El Salvador.

The Flora Clancy Memorial Fund supports an eight-week residential summer fellowship for scholars to pursue research in the field of Maya studies. We welcome research projects on Maya #ArtHistory, #archaeology, history, writing, or languages, which would benefit from our library resources and collections.

Applications due November 1 ➡️ http://ow.ly/ROyL50FjYMP

We are pleased to offer the new Flora Clancy Summer #Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers! Available to scholars in #Maya studies who are academically based in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, or El Salvador.

The Flora Clancy Memorial Fund supports an eight-week residential summer fellowship for scholars to pursue research in the field of Maya studies. We welcome research projects on Maya #ArtHistory, #archaeology, history, writing, or languages, which would benefit from our library resources and collections.

Applications due November 1 ➡️ http://ow.ly/ROyL50FjYMP

Broth, syrup, antidote: sarsaparilla, a name referring to various species of the Smilax genus, served myriad medicinal p...
06/29/2021

Broth, syrup, antidote: sarsaparilla, a name referring to various species of the Smilax genus, served myriad medicinal purposes throughout the #EarlyModern period.

From our #PlantHumanities Initiative and JSTOR Daily, the Plant of the Month: http://ow.ly/IX9Q50FjYmu

Broth, syrup, antidote: sarsaparilla, a name referring to various species of the Smilax genus, served myriad medicinal purposes throughout the #EarlyModern period.

From our #PlantHumanities Initiative and JSTOR Daily, the Plant of the Month: http://ow.ly/IX9Q50FjYmu

This week in our joint lecture series from #PreColumbian and #Garden & #Landscape studies, Parker VanValkenburgh (Brown ...
06/28/2021

This week in our joint lecture series from #PreColumbian and #Garden & #Landscape studies, Parker VanValkenburgh (Brown University) discusses the results of drone and terrestrial lidar surveys at Kuelap in Amazonas, Peru, which has facilitated understandings of Kuelap's place in the political landscapes in Peru's Chachapoyas region.

The Hidden Landscapes lecture series looks at how different applications of Lidar in #archaeology has changed our understanding of ancient landscapes.

Happening Wednesday, June 30 at 2 pm EDT! Register ➡ http://ow.ly/ZeUC50FjXrr

This week in our joint lecture series from #PreColumbian and #Garden & #Landscape studies, Parker VanValkenburgh (Brown University) discusses the results of drone and terrestrial lidar surveys at Kuelap in Amazonas, Peru, which has facilitated understandings of Kuelap's place in the political landscapes in Peru's Chachapoyas region.

The Hidden Landscapes lecture series looks at how different applications of Lidar in #archaeology has changed our understanding of ancient landscapes.

Happening Wednesday, June 30 at 2 pm EDT! Register ➡ http://ow.ly/ZeUC50FjXrr

"One of the real horticultural events of the Dumbarton season" in Beatrix Farrand's words, the Orangery serves as a port...
06/27/2021

"One of the real horticultural events of the Dumbarton season" in Beatrix Farrand's words, the Orangery serves as a portal to our #gardens, welcoming visitors into the world of Farrand's designs.

The oldest building on the grounds of the estate, the room boasts a fig tree (Ficus pumila) dating from the 1860s.

Celebrate a century of our gardens and explore the history of the Orangery through archival photos, correspondence, and more: http://ow.ly/5m3T50FivXA

"One of the real horticultural events of the Dumbarton season" in Beatrix Farrand's words, the Orangery serves as a portal to our #gardens, welcoming visitors into the world of Farrand's designs.

The oldest building on the grounds of the estate, the room boasts a fig tree (Ficus pumila) dating from the 1860s.

Celebrate a century of our gardens and explore the history of the Orangery through archival photos, correspondence, and more: http://ow.ly/5m3T50FivXA

It's Cancer season! ♋️🦀Crabs are associated with the Cancer astrological sign, but anthropomorphic crab deities in #Moch...
06/27/2021

It's Cancer season! ♋️🦀Crabs are associated with the Cancer astrological sign, but anthropomorphic crab deities in #Moche (200–900 CE) art blurred the boundaries between the cultural and natural realms, an ability of human figures that was an important organizing principle of the Moche world.

This drawing reproduces art on a vessel dated to the Larco chronology Phase IV, depicting the Crab God (left) using a fishing line to catch an anthropomorphic fish, possibly a bonito fish known as the Fish Monster.

🦀: "Anthropomorphic crab fishing anthropomorphic fish being" line drawing by Donna McClelland, from http://ow.ly/fODv50Fivec

It's Cancer season! ♋️🦀Crabs are associated with the Cancer astrological sign, but anthropomorphic crab deities in #Moche (200–900 CE) art blurred the boundaries between the cultural and natural realms, an ability of human figures that was an important organizing principle of the Moche world.

This drawing reproduces art on a vessel dated to the Larco chronology Phase IV, depicting the Crab God (left) using a fishing line to catch an anthropomorphic fish, possibly a bonito fish known as the Fish Monster.

🦀: "Anthropomorphic crab fishing anthropomorphic fish being" line drawing by Donna McClelland, from http://ow.ly/fODv50Fivec

Due July 15! #CallForPapers for our 2022 Garden & Landscape Studies #symposium "Landscapes in the Making," in partnershi...
06/25/2021

Due July 15! #CallForPapers for our 2022 Garden & Landscape Studies #symposium "Landscapes in the Making," in partnership with our The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Initiative in Urban Landscape studies.

Seeking research that looks beyond canonical histories of design and architecture to include the people involved in the everyday making and meaning of #landscapes: http://ow.ly/jfme50Fiugu

Due July 15! #CallForPapers for our 2022 Garden & Landscape Studies #symposium "Landscapes in the Making," in partnership with our The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Initiative in Urban Landscape studies.

Seeking research that looks beyond canonical histories of design and architecture to include the people involved in the everyday making and meaning of #landscapes: http://ow.ly/jfme50Fiugu

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Wednesday 11:30 - 17:30
Thursday 11:30 - 17:30
Friday 11:30 - 17:30
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Looking for 2 tickets to the garden for this saturday 7/3/2021
ISO of 2 tickets to the garden for this Saturday 7/3/2021
Hello. When is the museum opening back up? There is a closed sign at 32 St entrance without any info? Thanks!
So sad your gardens are still closed this far into Covid. I get that the mansion is, but at a time when we need nature, beauty & serenity found in gardens--you fail. Apply for an exception! lobby the right prople! You could make a difference!!
Dear colleagues! It begins accepting articles for the Twelfth Number of Proceedings in Archaeology and History of Ancient and Medieval Black Sea Region. The number of the journal will be dedicated to the memory of B.B. Latyschev. It will be published by May 2, 2021. The journal is published by Lomonosow Moscow State University, Tyumen State University, and Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod. Materials are accepted until the end of December 2020. The journal is available: On the journals website: http://en.maiask.ru/archive/ In the RISC: https://www.elibrary.ru/title_items.asp?id=70307 The journal is included in RSCI (Web of Science), DOAJ and in ERIH PLUS. The articles are assigned DOI identifiers. The term of consideration of materials by editors and reviewers – to 5 weeks. Submit articles and, if necessary, ask for more information you can to Choref Mikhail Mikhaylovich, e-mail: [email protected] or to members of the Editorial Board. The publication is free. Sincerely, Executive secretary M.M. Choref
As locals interested in DC's Native History, have any Native artifacts been found on the grounds?
Is plum walk blooming now? I have been trying to see any updates on your garden blog but none was posted since last October 😬☹️
Hey there! I recently featured Dombarton Oaks in a DC Hidden Gems post and just wanted to share a thank you for all the work you do & the hospitality. Hope you enjoy this appreciation feature and the photos!
New book in Byzantine Studies: Paul Magdalino, Andrei Timotin (eds). Savoirs prédictifs et techniques divinatoires de l’ Antiquité tardive à Byzance. La Pomme d'or, Seyssel 2019. https://www.facebook.com/lapommedorpublishing/photos/a.2720440214696278/2806995926040706/?type=3&theater
Garden: Quiet corners, something new every time, much to explore, rabbits and chipmunks and butterflies, Oh, My! Museum: Hidden gem, with beauty to share.
CfA still open!
A Greek-Byzantine Gospel created in the 11th century by monks, at the Monastery founded by Cassiodorus in the 6th century, has been found in the Vatican Library by Calabrian researcher Domenico Condito. Article in Italian with photos of the illuminated manuscript.