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.

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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“Well, now it’s all over, but the labor continues. The brain-drain is heavier than ever...However, I thrive on it—if I c...
09/19/2021

“Well, now it’s all over, but the labor continues. The brain-drain is heavier than ever...However, I thrive on it—if I could only see you shortly and faire le point [update]. Lovely world, isn’t it?”

75 years ago today, Royall Tyler, a close friend and art adviser to Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, sent the Blisses a letter detailing his work with The Fifth Council of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Geneva.

The UNRRA was founded in 1943 by U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and became part of the United Nations in 1945 with the purpose of providing relief to the victims of war in any area under the control of any of the forty-four nations.

Tyler’s work with the council was tiring, but “in spite of the sweat,” he “wouldn’t have missed it.” We hope that your week, though potentially laborious, is worth writing about.

Check out our searchable database of nearly 1,000 letters and telegrams exchanged between Mildred and Robert Bliss and Royall and Elisina Tyler between 1902 and 1953 ➡ http://ow.ly/LOXk50Gbrkf

#OTD #OnThisDay

“Well, now it’s all over, but the labor continues. The brain-drain is heavier than ever...However, I thrive on it—if I could only see you shortly and faire le point [update]. Lovely world, isn’t it?”

75 years ago today, Royall Tyler, a close friend and art adviser to Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, sent the Blisses a letter detailing his work with The Fifth Council of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Geneva.

The UNRRA was founded in 1943 by U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and became part of the United Nations in 1945 with the purpose of providing relief to the victims of war in any area under the control of any of the forty-four nations.

Tyler’s work with the council was tiring, but “in spite of the sweat,” he “wouldn’t have missed it.” We hope that your week, though potentially laborious, is worth writing about.

Check out our searchable database of nearly 1,000 letters and telegrams exchanged between Mildred and Robert Bliss and Royall and Elisina Tyler between 1902 and 1953 ➡ http://ow.ly/LOXk50Gbrkf

#OTD #OnThisDay

Handcrafted and painted by artisans from small communities in Turkey, these scalloped relief tile trivets—available from...
09/18/2021

Handcrafted and painted by artisans from small communities in Turkey, these scalloped relief tile trivets—available from our museum shop—make an excellent and unique gift! 🎁 No one tile is exactly alike due to the handpainted process.

Stop by our museum shop when it reopens on September 21, or get our distinctive items delivered to your doorstep at: http://ow.ly/Qu8G50GbPK3

🎨 http://ow.ly/vDGw50GbPHr

Handcrafted and painted by artisans from small communities in Turkey, these scalloped relief tile trivets—available from our museum shop—make an excellent and unique gift! 🎁 No one tile is exactly alike due to the handpainted process.

Stop by our museum shop when it reopens on September 21, or get our distinctive items delivered to your doorstep at: http://ow.ly/Qu8G50GbPK3

🎨 http://ow.ly/vDGw50GbPHr

✔︎ Comprehensive library and rare book collection (and supportive librarians)✔︎ Museum (and passionate curators) of art ...
09/17/2021

✔︎ Comprehensive library and rare book collection (and supportive librarians)
✔︎ Museum (and passionate curators) of art from the Mediterranean, Andes, Mesoamerica, and more
✔︎ Historic gardens designed by pioneering landscape architect Beatrix Farrand
✔︎ Interesting and diverse cohort of fellow humanists in in #Byzantine, #PreColumbian and #Garden and #Landscape studies

Find all this and more in a Dumbarton Oaks fellowship or short-term award, available to scholars at all career stages for the academic year, semester, or summer term.

Applications due November 1 → http://ow.ly/pcR450Gbr0t

✔︎ Comprehensive library and rare book collection (and supportive librarians)
✔︎ Museum (and passionate curators) of art from the Mediterranean, Andes, Mesoamerica, and more
✔︎ Historic gardens designed by pioneering landscape architect Beatrix Farrand
✔︎ Interesting and diverse cohort of fellow humanists in in #Byzantine, #PreColumbian and #Garden and #Landscape studies

Find all this and more in a Dumbarton Oaks fellowship or short-term award, available to scholars at all career stages for the academic year, semester, or summer term.

Applications due November 1 → http://ow.ly/pcR450Gbr0t

Due to the rain and slippery conditions, our gardens are closed. Thank you for your understanding!
09/16/2021

Due to the rain and slippery conditions, our gardens are closed. Thank you for your understanding!

Due to the rain and slippery conditions, our gardens are closed. Thank you for your understanding!

#ArtsEd meets #ScienceEducation in our Hummingbird Mobile Tutorial from Amy Lamb, cellular biologist and botanical photo...
09/16/2021

#ArtsEd meets #ScienceEducation in our Hummingbird Mobile Tutorial from Amy Lamb, cellular biologist and botanical photographer!

Inspired by our PORTRAITS OF PLANTS exhibition (opening soon!), students learn key facts and terms about the co-evolution of hummingbirds and Heliconia, then get creative with the paper craft tutorial.

Download the guide → http://ow.ly/BTdG50GaJ7f

#ArtsEdWeek #BecauseOfArtsEd

On October 2 at 1 pm EDT, Nikos Panou (Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences) offers the virtual public le...
09/16/2021

On October 2 at 1 pm EDT, Nikos Panou (Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences) offers the virtual public lecture "Slaying the Dragon: Byzantine Survivals in the Greek War of Independence," discussing the role and reception of the #Byzantine heritage in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire.

Co-sponsored with UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, the lecture focuses on an aspect of the Greek War of Independence that calls for answers to questions as basic as they are elusive.

What role did the Byzantine heritage play in conceptualizing, representing, or animating the struggle against the Ottoman Empire? What strands of #Byzantium were foregrounded and through which mechanisms did they find a place in the collective imaginary of the period? In what ways was that process of reception and signification manifested, and to what extent? How can it be studied and properly understood today?

Register to attend → http://ow.ly/Z5e650G9Y5S

On October 2 at 1 pm EDT, Nikos Panou (Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences) offers the virtual public lecture "Slaying the Dragon: Byzantine Survivals in the Greek War of Independence," discussing the role and reception of the #Byzantine heritage in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire.

Co-sponsored with UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, the lecture focuses on an aspect of the Greek War of Independence that calls for answers to questions as basic as they are elusive.

What role did the Byzantine heritage play in conceptualizing, representing, or animating the struggle against the Ottoman Empire? What strands of #Byzantium were foregrounded and through which mechanisms did they find a place in the collective imaginary of the period? In what ways was that process of reception and signification manifested, and to what extent? How can it be studied and properly understood today?

Register to attend → http://ow.ly/Z5e650G9Y5S

It's #AskACurator Day! We asked Elizabeth Dospel Williams, associate curator of #Byzantine collections: what’s in a cura...
09/15/2021

It's #AskACurator Day! We asked Elizabeth Dospel Williams, associate curator of #Byzantine collections: what’s in a curator’s bag?

"Byzantine purple coffee mug (this all runs on caffeine), KN95 masks and nitrile gloves (we were installing objects in the galleries this week), Unicorn Tapestry computer case and headphones (for work-from-home), keys and badge (for access to the museum), approximately a dozen pencils (I'm always prepared to make mistakes and rethink my ideas), JSTOR printout (for a project I'm working on), and a rainbow drawing from my daughter (art for my office)."

Got more questions for our curators? Ask us down in the comments down below ↓

#AskACuratorDay

It's #AskACurator Day! We asked Elizabeth Dospel Williams, associate curator of #Byzantine collections: what’s in a curator’s bag?

"Byzantine purple coffee mug (this all runs on caffeine), KN95 masks and nitrile gloves (we were installing objects in the galleries this week), Unicorn Tapestry computer case and headphones (for work-from-home), keys and badge (for access to the museum), approximately a dozen pencils (I'm always prepared to make mistakes and rethink my ideas), JSTOR printout (for a project I'm working on), and a rainbow drawing from my daughter (art for my office)."

Got more questions for our curators? Ask us down in the comments down below ↓

#AskACuratorDay

We are pleased to welcome back visitors to our Museum and Shop on September 21!The Museum will be open 2–5 p.m., Tuesday...
09/14/2021

We are pleased to welcome back visitors to our Museum and Shop on September 21!

The Museum will be open 2–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday, except for federal holidays. The Museum Shop will be open 2–5 pm, Tuesday–Saturday, except for federal holidays.

Admission to the Museum is free, but timed tickets and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination are required.

Learn more about visiting Dumbarton Oaks: http://ow.ly/Q5av50G9XBk

We are pleased to welcome back visitors to our Museum and Shop on September 21!

The Museum will be open 2–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday, except for federal holidays. The Museum Shop will be open 2–5 pm, Tuesday–Saturday, except for federal holidays.

Admission to the Museum is free, but timed tickets and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination are required.

Learn more about visiting Dumbarton Oaks: http://ow.ly/Q5av50G9XBk

If there is any garden room that might serve as the center of our gardens' design, it might just be the Rose Garden, the...
09/14/2021

If there is any garden room that might serve as the center of our gardens' design, it might just be the Rose Garden, the flattest and largest formally designed room planted with nearly 900 rosebushes.

Beatrix Farrand designed the room to be a commanding presence, and it was of particular significance to the Blisses, whose ashes are interred along the western wall.

🌹Take a virtual walk through the lush Rose Garden: http://ow.ly/eQ1n50G9EE2

If there is any garden room that might serve as the center of our gardens' design, it might just be the Rose Garden, the flattest and largest formally designed room planted with nearly 900 rosebushes.

Beatrix Farrand designed the room to be a commanding presence, and it was of particular significance to the Blisses, whose ashes are interred along the western wall.

🌹Take a virtual walk through the lush Rose Garden: http://ow.ly/eQ1n50G9EE2

Due tomorrow! Abstracts for our sponsored paper sessions, panels, and roundtables on #Byzantium, material culture, medie...
09/14/2021

Due tomorrow! Abstracts for our sponsored paper sessions, panels, and roundtables on #Byzantium, material culture, medieval #translation, and more at the 57th International Congress on #Medieval Studiess, happening May 9–14, 2022.

Details and application portal → http://ow.ly/mQDd50G9OVA

#CFP #Kzoo2022

Due tomorrow! Abstracts for our sponsored paper sessions, panels, and roundtables on #Byzantium, material culture, medieval #translation, and more at the 57th International Congress on #Medieval Studiess, happening May 9–14, 2022.

Details and application portal → http://ow.ly/mQDd50G9OVA

#CFP #Kzoo2022

Byzantine empresses as counterpoise weights—used to guarantee propriety and accuracy in commercial transactions—far outn...
09/13/2021

Byzantine empresses as counterpoise weights—used to guarantee propriety and accuracy in commercial transactions—far outnumber emperors in the form. 👑

But the role of women in #Byzantium was restricted, and in other media, empresses were usually represented in relation to the emperor. One way of understanding empresses' paradoxical predominance in this form is to recognize these busts as representing real empresses on one level and as personifications of relevant values such as good fortune or possession on another level.

According to this notion, the Byzantine empress weight may have been a Christian alternative to the goddesses and personifications that were more common on ancient Greek and Roman counterpoise weights.

🎨 Weight in the Form of a Bust of a Byzantine Empress. Early Byzantine, 5th century, bronze. http://ow.ly/TzjW50G7Y7R.

Byzantine empresses as counterpoise weights—used to guarantee propriety and accuracy in commercial transactions—far outnumber emperors in the form. 👑

But the role of women in #Byzantium was restricted, and in other media, empresses were usually represented in relation to the emperor. One way of understanding empresses' paradoxical predominance in this form is to recognize these busts as representing real empresses on one level and as personifications of relevant values such as good fortune or possession on another level.

According to this notion, the Byzantine empress weight may have been a Christian alternative to the goddesses and personifications that were more common on ancient Greek and Roman counterpoise weights.

🎨 Weight in the Form of a Bust of a Byzantine Empress. Early Byzantine, 5th century, bronze. http://ow.ly/TzjW50G7Y7R.

"Everything you need to know about you need to know about crosswords you can learn from Anglo-Saxon riddles: Riddles are...
09/12/2021

"Everything you need to know about you need to know about crosswords you can learn from Anglo-Saxon riddles: Riddles are the ür-crossword puzzles," writes Adrienne Raphel in The New York Times Books, on the recent Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library volume, THE OLD ENGLISH AND ANGLO-LATIN RIDDLE TRADITION, trans. and ed. by Andy Orchard.

Read the full review and order your copy from Harvard University Press ➡️ http://domedieval.org/review-the-old-english-and-anglo-latin-riddle-tradition/

"Everything you need to know about you need to know about crosswords you can learn from Anglo-Saxon riddles: Riddles are the ür-crossword puzzles," writes Adrienne Raphel in The New York Times Books, on the recent Dumbarton Oaks #Medieval Library volume, THE OLD ENGLISH AND ANGLO-LATIN RIDDLE TRADITION, trans. and ed. by Andy Orchard.

Read the full review and order your copy from Harvard University Press ➡️ http://domedieval.org/review-the-old-english-and-anglo-latin-riddle-tradition/

🔎Look closely at this mosaic: what do you see?☀️What shapes and materials from nature do you notice—do you see a shape t...
09/12/2021

🔎Look closely at this mosaic: what do you see?

☀️What shapes and materials from nature do you notice—do you see a shape that reminds you of the sun?

🐚How would you make a mosaic like this using natural materials?

🔗Practice close-looking and try your hand at creating the patterns, symmetry, and rhythm of #Byzantine and #PreColumbian mosaics with our "Patterns in Nature" activity guide, in alignment with DC Public Schools Arts Framework for K–2 students: http://ow.ly/Ro8J50G7Tgn

#ArtsEdWeek

🎨: Disk with Mosaic Inlays. Mixtec-Aztec, Late Postclassic, 1300–1520 CE. http://ow.ly/Ua3N50G7Tm4

Just a few days remain to submit abstracts for our paper sessions, panels, and roundtables at the 57th International Con...
09/11/2021

Just a few days remain to submit abstracts for our paper sessions, panels, and roundtables at the 57th International Congress on #Medieval Studies! On topics including #Byzantine coins and seals, the Ottoman Empire, translating #medieval texts, and more.

Submit by September 15: http://ow.ly/viB050G7Sn2

#CFP #Kzoo2022

Just a few days remain to submit abstracts for our paper sessions, panels, and roundtables at the 57th International Congress on #Medieval Studies! On topics including #Byzantine coins and seals, the Ottoman Empire, translating #medieval texts, and more.

Submit by September 15: http://ow.ly/viB050G7Sn2

#CFP #Kzoo2022

Meet St. Margaret of Antioch, dragon-slayer🐉This #textile, assembled from two fragments of an English Gothic opus anglic...
09/10/2021

Meet St. Margaret of Antioch, dragon-slayer🐉

This #textile, assembled from two fragments of an English Gothic opus anglicanum ("English work") embroidery dating to ca. 1320–1340, was one of the first pieces of art the young Mildred Barnes collected during her travels in Europe.

The embroidery depicts St. Lawrence (left) carrying his gridiron and St. Margaret of Antioch (right) spearing a dragon, which she has trapped by the neck with a white cloth that she holds in her left hand; both stand within compartments made from oak (left) and ivy (right) stems which also provide support pedestals for the two figures.

These fragments come most likely from either an altar frontal or dossal (a cloth suspended behind the altar) or a liturgical garment, such as a cope or chasuble. In either case, it is likely that the two figures were reversed in the composition, with Lawrence on the right and Margaret on the left.

🎨 Opus Anglicanum Embroidery, HC.T.X.###x.21.(E). http://ow.ly/mcBr50G70oS

#FabricFriday

Meet St. Margaret of Antioch, dragon-slayer🐉

This #textile, assembled from two fragments of an English Gothic opus anglicanum ("English work") embroidery dating to ca. 1320–1340, was one of the first pieces of art the young Mildred Barnes collected during her travels in Europe.

The embroidery depicts St. Lawrence (left) carrying his gridiron and St. Margaret of Antioch (right) spearing a dragon, which she has trapped by the neck with a white cloth that she holds in her left hand; both stand within compartments made from oak (left) and ivy (right) stems which also provide support pedestals for the two figures.

These fragments come most likely from either an altar frontal or dossal (a cloth suspended behind the altar) or a liturgical garment, such as a cope or chasuble. In either case, it is likely that the two figures were reversed in the composition, with Lawrence on the right and Margaret on the left.

🎨 Opus Anglicanum Embroidery, HC.T.X.###x.21.(E). http://ow.ly/mcBr50G70oS

#FabricFriday

A very happy birthday to our co-founder, Mildred Barnes Bliss!🎂🎉 Pictured here in 1887 playing the violin.Many of Mildre...
09/09/2021

A very happy birthday to our co-founder, Mildred Barnes Bliss!🎂🎉 Pictured here in 1887 playing the violin.

Many of Mildred's lifelong interests in music, gardens, art, and more live on here, like through our #RareBook Collection. She began collecting rare books and manuscripts during her early travels in Europe, amassing by the end of her lifetime a comprehensive library especially of garden and landscape texts.

Swipe ▶ to see the first edition of KOHANA SAN, one of the earliest books Mildred collected, which tells the story of a Geisha of Kobe (Kohana San or “Little Flower”).

The book consists of 22 silk-tied pages with woodblock illustrations attributed to Komiyo Sojiro, printed on double-folded, mulberry wood-based crepe paper (chirimen) and bound in the traditional Japanese style known as fukuro-toji (“pouch binding”), where sheets of paper are printed with woodblocks on only one side and then folded in half with the printed side out.

📷: Mildred Barnes Playing the Violin, 1887, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, http://ow.ly/gQq950G6Zi4

📖: Kohana San, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, AR.OB.Misc.039. See the full book: http://ow.ly/WWKc50G6Zkd

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1703 32nd St NW
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Wednesday 11:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 11:30am - 5:30pm
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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.