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God’s Regents on Earth: A Thousand Years of Byzantine Imperial Seals
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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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Handbook of the Byzantine Collection
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Highlights from the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection
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Rare Book Reading Room and Gallery
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How Mosaics Were Made and Made Known
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Classical Art Historian Will Wootton Speaks at Dumbarton Oaks
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Imagining the Empress: Theodora in Popular Culture, 1882–1922
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Orientation Gallery | Shows how the Byzantine empress captured the public imagination at the end of the nineteenth century.
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James N. Carder
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Oral History Interview with James N. Carder, undertaken by Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent, Elizabeth Gettinger, and Anne Steptoe in the Dumbarton Oaks Guest House (Fellows Building) on July 15, 2009. At Dumbarton Oaks, James Carder was a Junior Fellow of Byzantine Studies (1974–1976) and the Manager of the House Collection (since 1992) and Archivist (since 1999).
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Leaden Gospels
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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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Lighting in Early Byzantium
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Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection
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Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. Over the years, the holdings have come to include four Greek manuscripts, one Georgian manuscript, three illuminated leaves from Greek manuscripts, one illustrated leaf from an Armenian manuscript, and four papyrus fragments with Greek writing.
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The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is known for its specialized collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. Although far-reaching in scope and wide-ranging in stylistic expression, the objects are unified by a rare beauty and refined craftsmanship, the result of the discerning eye of the collectors and founders of Dumbarton Oaks, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss.
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