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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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Dec 17, 2021

Amy Lamb’s Photography: The Interplay of Science and Art

Artist Amy Lamb talks about her artistic process and the roots of her practice in her early scientific training.
Mar 24, 2022

The Gold of Banjska

Ivan Drpić examines the use of gilding in medieval Serbian wall painting.
Apr 08, 2022 - Apr 09, 2022

Tenochtitlan: Imperial Ideologies on Display

This two-day symposium presents new discoveries about the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and examines its consolidation as an imperial center across time.



 

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 Fellowships & Awards Library & Archives Publications

 



Online Resources



Social Fragmentation and Antebellum Cemeteries

Aaron Wunsch examines landscapes of social fragmentation in antebellum Philadelphia

The Formation of the Garden and Landscape Studies Program (1952–1991)

Transforming Mildred Bliss’s vision into an academic program

Preparing for “Cultural Philanthropy in the Museum Space”

Wintersession course will consider cultural philanthropy past and present