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
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