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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Nov 14, 2019 - Nov 14, 2019

Spheres of Influence: Byzantine Art in the Global Middle Ages

Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Helen C. Evans will discuss the reach of Byzantine art and culture during the Middle Ages.
Nov 15, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019

The Insular Worlds of Byzantium

Speakers at this annual day-long colloquium will address the topic of Byzantine Islands as cultural hubs.
Dec 01, 2019 - Dec 02, 2019

The Knights

An homage to Johann Sebastian Bach from a collective of adventurous musicians with a transformative mission



 

Research

Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Studies Programs Awards & Grants Library & Archives Publications

 



Online Resources



Building on the Body

Saburo Sugiyama explains ritual construction, human sacrifices, and a missing zoo at Teotihuacan

Behind the Scenes: Beaming a Book to the Internet

Librarians preserve 500 years of history with keen eyes and sharp knives

Reconstructing What Is Lost

Arianna Gullo uses sixth-century epigrams to better understand Byzantine art history