The research papers of Myra Dickman Orth consist of manuscript notes, correspondence, drawings, publications, slides, offprints,
photographs, and index cards. An American art historian and a leading specialist on French Renaissance manuscripts, Orth conducted
research and published on books of hours, printers, women patrons, royal patronage and intellectual life in Renaissance France.
American art historian Myra Orth (1934-2002) was a leading specialist on French Renaissance manuscripts. She studied art history
at Cornell University (BA, 1956) and at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she received both her MA (1964)
and PhD (1976) under the direction of Colin Eisler. Her research focused at first on French Renaissance books of hours in
connection with the printer Geofroy Tory and the artist known as Godefroy le Batave and the 1520s Hours Workshop. Orth's academic
path was quite atypical in that she completed her advanced degrees by correspondence while raising two children and living
in several countries, including Belgium, Australia, Japan, England and France. She wrote her PhD dissertation in London, while
also attending seminars at the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes.
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