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.

Mission: Our mission is, first, to maintain what Dumbarton Oaks has been entrusted by Robert and Mildred Bliss to preserve. Second, to support the pursuit of the humanities as a whole, with particular focus on the disciplines of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Third, to honor the intention of the donors by achieving the greatest mutual advantage between Harvard and Dumbarton Oaks. Fourth, to serve the larger public through the museum, gardens, and the Music at Dumbarton Oaks concert series.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Harvard University undergrads, apply by December 11 for our wintersession on cultural philanthropy in...
11/20/2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Harvard University undergrads, apply by December 11 for our wintersession on cultural philanthropy in the museum space.

Philanthropic giving now can exert tremendous influence over several sectors from #education and the arts to #science, as well as public opinion and government policy. Philanthropic literacy is thus a vital component of citizenship.

From January 11–15, explore the impact of philanthropic giving on #museums and learn about future careers in and the behind-the-scenes workings of cultural institutions.

Submit a resumé and statement of interest to Wintersession[at]doaks[dot]org or more info at: http://ow.ly/XTUe50CpxZs

On United Nations #WorldChildrensDay, celebrate the joys of growing up and changing! Aligned with the Flower Garden unit...
11/20/2020

On United Nations #WorldChildrensDay, celebrate the joys of growing up and changing! Aligned with the Flower Garden unit of the DC Public Schools Arts Framework, our Flower Garden Curricular Support encourages students to reflect on their own personal growth by observing a flower garden.

Try the activities at: http://ow.ly/iaPJ50CpzcL

🎁Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the medievalist or Byzantinist in your life?📚 Get 30% off all Dumbarton Oaks M...
11/19/2020

🎁Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the medievalist or Byzantinist in your life?📚

Get 30% off all Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library volumes via Harvard University Press with the code HOLIDAY20!

This includes our new Fall 2020 titles of HOMILIES by Sophronios of Jerusalem, PARISIANA POETRIA by John of Garland, and OLD ENGLISH LEGAL WRITINGS by Wulfstan, as well as our entire catalogue of facing-page translations of Old English, Medieval Latin, and #Byzantine Greek texts.

Order today at http://ow.ly/hiJ550Cp7l1!

This textile depicts a repeated motif of a muscled man subduing a lion. He wears a one-shouldered short tunic and a cape...
11/19/2020

This textile depicts a repeated motif of a muscled man subduing a lion. He wears a one-shouldered short tunic and a cape that flaps out behind him, and grabs the lion from behind his head as the beast rears up on its hind legs.

The man could conceivably be the biblical Samson, who ripped apart a lion with his bare hands, or perhaps Heracles wrestling the Nemean lion, echoing classical textual and artistic references to the hero grappling with the beast. Lions are also associated with the biblical figures of Daniel and David, as well as Roman gladiators. The lack of an inscription may be a deliberate strategy to leave the identification of the figure open to various interpretations.

The five-color scheme displays not only extraordinary craftmanship but also potential exotic cosmic associations from Chinese silks or color-banding influences from Central Asia.

📷: "Hero and Lion" Silk, BZ.1934.1. Constantinople? Syria? Egypt?, 7th–9th c. http://ow.ly/7ETz50ClKcc

"Every Dumbarton chrysanthemum [is] nodding you its wish for [a] comfortable journey." — telegram from Mildred Bliss to ...
11/18/2020

"Every Dumbarton chrysanthemum [is] nodding you its wish for [a] comfortable journey." — telegram from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand in November 1945

Explore this and other Bliss-Farrand correspondence at: http://ow.ly/R9ZM50ClQ60

Our #Byzantine podcast continues this month with a discussion of VASILIKI: A VILLAGE IN MODERN GREECE (1963) with Profes...
11/18/2020

Our #Byzantine podcast continues this month with a discussion of VASILIKI: A VILLAGE IN MODERN GREECE (1963) with Professor Sharon Gerstel and Franka Horvat (UCLA Art History).

They discuss how this 1960s anthropological study of a Greek village influenced the perception of rural modern Greece and the way the past is perceived by scholars of other historical periods of the Greek geographical space.

Take a listen at http://ow.ly/p6im50Co6H6 or by searching "Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Podcast" on Spotify.

Heliconia tortuosa, from Costa Rica, are keystone species that provide food and refuge to many animals and establish clo...
11/17/2020

Heliconia tortuosa, from Costa Rica, are keystone species that provide food and refuge to many animals and establish close, sometimes exclusive relationships with them.

The elements we admire as aesthetic properties are strategies deployed over long evolutionary timespans to make up for the plants’ incapacity to move, their “sessile lifestyle.” Form and color grant heliconias a measure of control over their environment and especially their pollinators.

Learn more about JSTOR Daily's November Plant of the Month, Heliconia, in partnership with our Plant Humanities Initiative: http://ow.ly/t75Y50Cm0aQ

Join us tomorrow at 2 pm ET for Eric McGeer's public lecture "'The chatter, dialogue, and squabble of the Byzantine corr...
11/17/2020

Join us tomorrow at 2 pm ET for Eric McGeer's public lecture "'The chatter, dialogue, and squabble of the Byzantine corridors of power': Writing History in the Aftermath of Mantzikert (1071)"!

Register now at: http://ow.ly/y4ms50ClNj8

McGeer will honor Byzantine historian and scholar John Nesbitt and their recent book, BYZANTIUM IN THE TIME OF TROUBLES, on John Skylitzes CONTINUATION the of the CHRONICLE.

The general size, posture and attire of this miniature figurine are similar to turquoise figurines found in archaeologic...
11/16/2020

The general size, posture and attire of this miniature figurine are similar to turquoise figurines found in archaeological context at the Huari site of Piquillacta. The figure has a round helmet-shaped hat, wrapped in gold foil, of the type worn by high-ranking individuals during the #Inca period as shown in the famous Guaman Poma de Ayala drawings.

Of the several types of shell that were used for the inlays, the most important is the bivalve Spondylus princeps (thorny oyster) that was used for the face, hair, belt and shoulder mantle. As a luxury import from Ecuador, Spondylus is most frequently found in offerings and in burial contexts in a variety of forms. The Spondylus on this figurine suggests that this pendant was highly valued and probably owned by a high-ranking member of #Wari society.

Take a closer look at: http://ow.ly/SleI50ClJfh

📷: Mosaic Figurine, PC.B.437. Wari, Middle Horizon, 650–800 CE.

11/16/2020

Mellon Advisory Board Member, Alice Nash, Associate Professor of History at UMass Department of History, shares how her work as a scholar of northeastern Native American history intersects with the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies for #MellonInitiativeMonday.

Watch below to learn more about the work of continued creation of Indigenous Studies collections and scholarship that will expand and indigenize our understandings of democracy and urban landscapes.

Apply by December 1 for fellowships in our The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiatives in Urban Landscape Studies and History Teaching: http://ow.ly/88a850BR9H3

Texts on Homer by teachers like John Tzetzes and Eustathios of Thessalonike demonstrated both the authors' prowess and c...
11/15/2020

Texts on Homer by teachers like John Tzetzes and Eustathios of Thessalonike demonstrated both the authors' prowess and composition techniques for their students. #ScholarSunday

Recent #Byzantine fellow and assistant professor at Medieval Studies Department at CEU Baukje van den Berg explains in her Q&A: http://ow.ly/Ueh150CiTGT

Stucco or plaster is commonly associated with copies and study casts, but Flavia Vanni, recent junior fellow in #Byzanti...
11/15/2020

Stucco or plaster is commonly associated with copies and study casts, but Flavia Vanni, recent junior fellow in #Byzantine studies and PhD candidate at University of Birmingham, makes the case for studying the material's decorative uses, too.

#ScholarSunday

Discover more in her Q&A: http://ow.ly/XZ8F50CiSqn

#HappyBirthday to American composer Aaron Copland! Born #OnThisDay in 1900, Copland's "vernacular" style has become syno...
11/14/2020

#HappyBirthday to American composer Aaron Copland!

Born #OnThisDay in 1900, Copland's "vernacular" style has become synonymous with the sound of American music through iconic works like Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, and Rodeo.

His 1958 "Nonet for Solo Strings" was commissioned by Dumbarton Oaks for the fiftieth wedding anniversary of our co-founders, who were avid supporters of music.

Learn how our connection with Copland continues to inspire new music here: http://ow.ly/xkPC50CiRc4

Photo credit: Aaron Copland Collection, Library of Congress

What could have been a victory at Mantzikert turned into a loss for the #Byzantines. Skylitzes continuatus (trans. Eric ...
11/14/2020

What could have been a victory at Mantzikert turned into a loss for the #Byzantines. Skylitzes continuatus (trans. Eric McGeer and John Nesbitt) accuses Andronikos Doukas, the owner of this seal, of “lying in wait” for Romanos and having “a plot already contrived.”

When the emperor signaled to his army to return to camp, Andronikos helped spread the rumor that the Byzantines had been defeated and most of the army fled. An unsupported Romanos fought on until he was captured by the sultan.

Find out more in Eric McGeer’s Nov. 18 public lecture on writing history and Mantzikert: http://ow.ly/jNzY50CiRm8

📷: http://ow.ly/3SF450CiRnO

"je ne me tire pas de mes Cathedrales et suis très decouragé, j’hesite à m’exposer." ("I’m not pulling myself away from ...
11/14/2020

"je ne me tire pas de mes Cathedrales et suis très decouragé, j’hesite à m’exposer."

("I’m not pulling myself away from my Cathedrals and am very discouraged, I hesitate to expose myself.")

— Claude Monet, born #OnThisDay, to a friend on his Rouen Cathedral series in February 1894.

Monet's full letter, part of our Autograph Letter Collection, references other 19th-century French luminaries like Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Émile Zola.

Check out the full letter: http://ow.ly/wu3y50CiQ0j

Have you spotted the distinctive golden color of ginkgo trees (Ginkgo biloba) in the fall around Georgetown? It doesn’t ...
11/13/2020

Have you spotted the distinctive golden color of ginkgo trees (Ginkgo biloba) in the fall around Georgetown? It doesn’t last long — a ginkgo tree's leaves drop all in the same day!

Ginkgos are some of the oldest trees in existence with fossil records dating to over 250 million years ago, and their hardiness makes them popular street plantings. Many people recognize the pungent smell of the berries, which are in fact only produced by the female trees.

Happy leaf-peeping this #FloraFriday!

Dumbarton Oaks COVID-19 Update:As a public health precaution, the Museum and Garden are closed temporarily, at least thr...
11/12/2020

Dumbarton Oaks COVID-19 Update:

As a public health precaution, the Museum and Garden are closed temporarily, at least through February 28. During this time, all public events will be virtual.

We are closely monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and will update our website to reflect any changes to our operations and programming.

Join us tomorrow at 4 pm ET for "Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City"! Register at http://ow.l...
11/11/2020

Join us tomorrow at 4 pm ET for "Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City"! Register at http://ow.ly/hX6j50CfAqA

A.K. Sandoval-Strausz challenges the idea that the “creative class” was most responsible for reviving the city, arguing that Latino newcomers most dramatically transformed urban America.

Harvard University undergrads! Are you contemplating a future career in cultural, #humanities, and nonprofit sectors? Or...
11/10/2020

Harvard University undergrads! Are you contemplating a future career in cultural, #humanities, and nonprofit sectors? Or, are you at the beginning of your college career and interested in exploring new fields?

If so, apply for our virtual Wintersession course "Cultural Philanthropy in the Museum Space," a weeklong course led by and featuring guest lectures by experts in the philanthropy and museum fields.

This course introduces students to the history, contemporary influence, and key debates surrounding philanthropy, focusing on the museum space. While exploring the impact of philanthropic giving on museums, students will also gain insight into future careers and the behind-the-scenes workings of cultural institutions by learning directly for museum leaders and scholars of philanthropy.

Applications are due November 16 — more info at: http://ow.ly/oppQ50CgCcq

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We welcome applications for Director of #Byzantine Studies, as our current Director, Dr. Anna Stavrakopoulou, will be co...
11/10/2020
Director of Byzantine Studies

We welcome applications for Director of #Byzantine Studies, as our current Director, Dr. Anna Stavrakopoulou, will be completing her full term in June and returning to her tenured position at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. We are grateful for the guidance that Anna continues to provide for the Byzantine Studies Program!

The Director of Byzantine Studies will be someone deeply committed to the field and its future. He/She works with the Senior Fellows to develop the annual program of symposia, colloquia, lectures and innovative new projects. He/She is also charged with greeting and forming a cohort of residential fellows and scholars, providing structure for presentations and discussions of their work as well as collegial informal gatherings.

More information about the position is available at: http://ow.ly/53zr50CfvwB

Position Title: Director of Byzantine Studies Supervisor: Director Department: Byzantine Studies Grade: 60, exempt Term: Full-time, 35 hours per week. Five years with the possibility of renewal up to an additional five years. __________________________________________________________________________...

11/09/2020

In honor of #MellonInitiativeMonday, Mellon Advisory Board Member, Willow Lung-Amam, associate professor of Urban Studies and Planning and director of community development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, discusses the work of the Mellon funded Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies and Advisory Board:

“They are really rewriting the field. They are rewriting our American Landscape, our American Story, how we understand the spaces in our everyday lives through the lens of uncovering many of those marginalized stories, marginalized voices, and really bringing principles of justice, equity, and democracy front and center.”

Apply by December 1 for fellowships in our The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiatives in Urban Landscape Studies and History Teaching: http://ow.ly/88a850BR9H3

Unpack Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks Concerto with our new "Strings Attached" Activity Guide, aligned with DC Public Schoo...
11/09/2020

Unpack Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks Concerto with our new "Strings Attached" Activity Guide, aligned with DC Public Schools Arts Framework for 3rd–5th grade and the Determination learning arc.

Students use written word and art to respond to music and learn about symphonic music, the instruments of an orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, and common musical terms.

Download the guide and other curricular supports aligned with DCPS guidelines at: http://ow.ly/PpWd50CfpFs

From architectural remains in Syria to 20th-century global women photographers at National Gallery of Art, recent humani...
11/08/2020

From architectural remains in Syria to 20th-century global women photographers at National Gallery of Art, recent humanities fellow Harvard History of Art + Architecture alum Isabella Beroutsos makes research in cultural heritage and art history widely accessible.

Visit http://ow.ly/VxwX50CdwqR to read her Q&A!

#ScholarSunday

What was the importance of taking (and breaking) oaths in Byzantium? Recent fellow in #Byzantine studies Savvas Kyriakid...
11/08/2020

What was the importance of taking (and breaking) oaths in Byzantium?

Recent fellow in #Byzantine studies Savvas Kyriakidis talks tyrants, trial by hot iron, and social relationships in Byzantium in his Q&A: http://ow.ly/5CrX50CcKCx

#ScholarSunday

It's #SealSaturday! Romanos IV faced opposition to his rule, not least from the Doukas family, including his stepsons an...
11/07/2020

It's #SealSaturday! Romanos IV faced opposition to his rule, not least from the Doukas family, including his stepsons and especially their uncle, the kaisar John Doukas, who “impeded him from beginning to end.” The divisions at court would have disastrous consequences on the field of battle.

Find out more in Eric McGeer’s Nov. 18 public lecture on writing history and Mantzikert: http://ow.ly/cqAE50CcB2l

📷: http://ow.ly/Om0i50CcAYN

This #FloraFriday, try out these tips to prepare your fig plants for winter!Figs (genus Ficus) are marginally hardy in t...
11/06/2020

This #FloraFriday, try out these tips to prepare your fig plants for winter!

Figs (genus Ficus) are marginally hardy in the DC climate, so a space protected from the wind and that receives some radiant heat helps. Mulch in the fall to protect the root system, and cover plants in burlap for added winter protection, as we do in our gardens. If branches die back during a hard winter, wait to see if new shoots emerge from the roots — any dead shoots can be pruned out in the spring after the tree produces leaves.

Explore our Orangery, home to a Ficus pumila, here: http://ow.ly/2Ovz50CcyJh

Happy #NationalFigWeek!

In the 2020–2021 academic year, we are joined by 29 research fellows, 7 postgraduate fellows, 5 humanities fellows, 2 vi...
11/05/2020

In the 2020–2021 academic year, we are joined by 29 research fellows, 7 postgraduate fellows, 5 humanities fellows, 2 visiting musicians, and 3 visiting scholars!

Learn more about their work at: http://ow.ly/Gzr650CabW7

Join us today at 4 pm ET for Matthew Restall's public lecture "When Cortés Met Malinche, and Montezuma Met Cortés: Alter...
11/04/2020

Join us today at 4 pm ET for Matthew Restall's public lecture "When Cortés Met Malinche, and Montezuma Met Cortés: Alternative Facts and Disturbing Truths," offering new theories and perspectives on the Spanish-Aztec encounter.

Register now at: http://ow.ly/p4tU50CbhJE

Missed Christine DeLucia's (Williams College) public lecture "Memoryscapes of King Philip's War" last month?  Her talk f...
11/03/2020

Missed Christine DeLucia's (Williams College) public lecture "Memoryscapes of King Philip's War" last month? Her talk focused on the significance of place, tracing the changing meanings of homelands for Indigenous people and nations who strategically confronted colonial expansion by settlers.

A close-captioned recording of the event is now available at http://ow.ly/9tdB50Cadea

Last chance to register for our "People and Power in Byzantium" colloquium, happening November 5 and 6: http://ow.ly/jRb...
11/03/2020

Last chance to register for our "People and Power in Byzantium" colloquium, happening November 5 and 6: http://ow.ly/jRbM50Caera

Specialists will discuss the formation of groups based on shared purpose, whether social, economic, or religious, in Byzantine society. This colloquium aims to foreground research with a view toward groups and vertical mobility rather than the upper levels of Byzantine society.

11/02/2020

Happy #MellonInitiativeMonday !

Watch this video to learn more about our Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies and our Fellowships from Mellon Advisory Board Member Justin Garrett-Moore, an urban designer and the Executive Director of the New York City Public Design Commission, and N.D.B. Connolly, Chair of the Advisory Board, an Associate Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Apply by December 1 for fellowships in our The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiatives in Urban Landscape Studies and History Teaching: http://ow.ly/88a850BR9H3

Mellon Fellowships are intended to expand opportunities to study the history and future of urban landscapes through the lenses of democracy, race, identity, and difference.

Available to cross-disciplinary scholars, with preference for candidates with terminal degrees (PhD or MLA), Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies are for a semester or academic year. History Teaching Fellowships in Landscape Studies are an opportunity for faculty to expand and enrich the content of landscape history courses by offering narratives of the ways in which race, identity, and difference have been inscribed into urban landscapes.

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1703 32nd St NW
Washington D.C., DC
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Tuesday 11:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 11:30 - 17:30
Thursday 11:30 - 17:30
Friday 11:30 - 17:30
Saturday 11:30 - 17:30
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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.
Question : Are you allowed to do styled shoots or wedding shoots in the gardens and or museum? Who do I contact for permission?
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Please make your gardens more handicapped accessible and user friendly for senior citizens. My 65 year old friend took a bad fall on one of the brick walkways on some slippery leaves there this past weekend. This could have been avoided if the grounds-keepers had taken better care to rake the leaves off the path.