Undulating and Intertwined: A Catalog of Oxyrhynchos Sculpture by Josephine Harris
Dumbarton Oaks Fellows / Photographs / Processing

Undulating and Intertwined: A Catalog of Oxyrhynchos Sculpture by Josephine Harris

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Between 1927 and 1932, the director of the Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, Egypt, Evaristo Breccia conducted three excavation campaigns at the site of ancient Oxyrhynchos, today’s El Bahnasa. The excavations uncovered roughly 500 fragments of decorative architectural sculpture, a mix of capitals, friezes, cornices and other decorated blocks. … Continue reading

Saving the World, Part I: Dumbarton Oaks to Monuments Men
Dumbarton Oaks / Dumbarton Oaks Fellows / Research

Saving the World, Part I: Dumbarton Oaks to Monuments Men

Written by Ameena Mohammad, Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant Dumbarton Oaks was founded in 1940 as a hub for advanced research. In October 1941,  staff members and fellows of  Dumbarton Oaks established an immense research project to gather information about cultural heritage sites around the world.  What began as an effort to document these monuments is now part … Continue reading

The Basically Byzantine Singers
Dumbarton Oaks Archives / Dumbarton Oaks Fellows / Hagia Sophia / Robert Van Nice

The Basically Byzantine Singers

As a treat to start off the new year, we are proud to present the international debut of the Basically Byzantine Singers. Over the holidays, Bob Ousterhout managed to find the original cassette recording of the Santa Sophia song that we highlighted in our last post. Bob recalled that the Basically Byzantine Singers included himself, … Continue reading

Santa Sophia, Santa Sophia!
Assistants / Dumbarton Oaks Fellows / Hagia Sophia / Oral History / Photographs / Robert College / Robert Van Nice

Santa Sophia, Santa Sophia!

In October, we had the pleasure of meeting Robert Van Nice, Jr. and his wife, Dee, who came to visit ICFA and view the Van Nice archive. You might remember Bob, Jr. from his youthful drawing of Hagia Sophia, which was somewhat more abstract than the precise and meticulous architectural drawings of Robert Van Nice, … Continue reading