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European paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and antique furnishings from the House Collection are on exhibit in the historic Music Room.

Dumbarton Oaks Music Room with House Collection
Dumbarton Oaks Music Room with House Collection

Original to the 1928 room are two sixteenth-century Italian Verona marble arches from Ravenna and a French sixteenth-century chimneypiece from the Château de Théobon in France. The Parisian designer Armand Albert Rateau fabricated the room's beamed Renaissance-style ceiling, which was inspired by a sixteenth-century ceiling in the Salle des Gardes at the Château de Cheverny near Paris. Fresco-like paintings by the American artist Allyn Cox (1896–1982) cover the vaults and walls of the corridor and stairway that lead from the house to the room. In the Music Room, art works and objects are exhibited much as they were when the Blisses were in residence at Dumbarton Oaks. Sculptures sit on Italian Renaissance cabinets, and paintings hang alongside tapestries, including the important fifteenth-century Prince of Malice tapestry. Of special note are El Greco's Visitation, an altar panel by Bernardo Daddi, and Tilman Riemenschneider's sculpture, Virgin and Child on the Crescent Moon.

Objects currently on display in the Music Room are part of Dumbarton Oaks' permanent collection.

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