Michael T. Orr

imageKrebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Professor of Art History

Areas of Specialization

Medieval art
Renaissance art
Illuminated manuscripts

Education

PhD History of Art, Cornell University, 1989
MA History of Art, Cornell University, 1986
BA (Hons) History of Art, University College London, 1982

Grants, Honors, and Fellowships

Fellow, American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, 2009-10
Lawrence University Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009
Lawrence University Academic Distinctiveness Grant, 2007
Lawrence University Freshman Studies Teaching Prize, 2006
British Academy Conference Travel Grant, 2005
Wisconsin Humanities Council, Speakers Bureau, 1999-2003
NEH Collections Grant, “The Corpus of Illustrations and Other Representations in English Manuscripts, c. 1380-c. 1509” (co-recipient), 1995-97
NEH Focus Grant, “Enhancing Humanities through Faculty Development in Instructional Technology (Group award), 1996
Lawrence University Young Teacher Award, 1992
Lawrence University Faculty Research Grant (13), 1990-2007
Gold Medal, Cinema in Industry Awards (CINDY), J. Paul Getty Museum Illuminated Manuscripts Videodisc (co-author), 1989

Publications

Books

An Index of Images in English Manuscripts from the Time of Chaucer to Henry VIII, c. 1380-c. 1509. Series editor: Kathleen L. Scott. (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols)

Co-author of the following volumes of the Index:

New York: Columbia University-Union Theological, co-authored with Martha W. Driver (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007)

The Bodleian Library, Fascicle III: MSS Musaeo-Wood, co-authored with Lynda Dennison, Ann Eljenholm Nichols and Kathleen L. Scott (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2002) 

The Bodleian Library, Fascicle I: MSS Additional-Digby, co-authored with Lynda Dennison, Ann Eljenholm Nichols and Kathleen L. Scott (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2000)

 
Book Chapters/Articles

“Decorating and Illustrating the Page,” (coauthor: Martha W. Driver) in The Production of Books in England 1350-1530, ed. by Alexandra Gillespie and Daniel Wakelin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 104-128.

“Hierarchies of Decoration in Early Fifteenth-Century English Books of Hours,” in Tributes to Kathleen L. Scott: Essays on English Medieval Manuscripts, ed. by Marlene Hennessy (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2009), 171-195.

“The Fitzherbert Hours (Dunedin Public Libraries, Reed MS 5) and the Iconography of St. Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read in Early Fifteenth-Century England,” in Migrations: Medieval Manuscripts in New Zealand Collections, ed. by Stephanie Hollis and Alexandra Barratt (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008), pp. 216-246.

“Tradition and Innovation in the Cycles of Miniatures Accompanying the Hours of the Virgin in Early 15th-century English Books of Hours,” in Manuscripts in Transition: Recycling Manuscripts, Texts and Images, ed. B. Dekeyzer and J. Van Der Stock (Leuven: Peeters, 2005), pp. 263-270.

“Illustration as Preface and Postscript in the Hours of the Virgin of Trinity College Ms. B. 11. 7,” Gesta 34 (1995), 162-176.

“The Development of the Byzantine Solidus,” in Bearers of Meaning.  The Ottilia Buerger Collection of Ancient and Byzantine Coins at Lawrence University, ed. Carol L. Lawton (Appleton: Lawrence University Press, 1995), pp. 39-44. Republished on-line: http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/art/buerger/essays/byzant.html.

“The Hours of Elizabeth the Queen: Evidence for collaboration between English illuminators and an artist from the Gold Scrolls Group,” in Flanders in a European Perspective.  Manuscript Illumination around 1400 in Flanders and Abroad.  Proceedings of the International Colloquium (Leuven: Peeters, 1995), pp. 619-33.

“An Introduction to Medieval Book Hands,” and twelve catalogue entries in Pen, Brush, and Folio: the Art of the Medieval Book, exhibition catalogue (Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1986).

 
Short Notes, Entries, Reviews

“The Hours of Elizabeth the Queen,” The Grove Encyclopaedia of Medieval Art (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Review of Kathleen L. Scott, Tradition and Innovation in Later Medieval English Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2007) in The Journal of the Early Book Society 12 (2009): 310-12.

“Marginalia,” in Medieval England: An Encyclopaedia (New York: Garland Press, 1998), pp. 490-92.

Introductory essays and exhibition checklists for the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu:

“The Psalms and Their Illustration” (1993)
“Manuscripts,” The J. Paul Getty Museum Calendar (1993)
“The Art of the Written Word” (1990)
“New Exhibition: Manuscripts,”
             The J. Paul Getty Museum Calendar
(1990)
“Manuscripts,” The J. Paul Getty Museum Calendar (1990)
“The International Gothic Style” (1989)

Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, December 7, 1983.

 
Videodisc

The J. Paul Getty Museum Illuminated Manuscripts Videodisc, co-author. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989)

Conference Presentations

“Decorating and Illustrating the Page in Late Medieval England,” Madison Early Music Festival, Madison, WI, 2010

“Nuns as Artists: The Prayer Book of Archduke Albert VII,” Center for Scholarship and Teaching, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN, 2009

“A Gift for the Governor: A Prayer Book Written and Illuminated by the Cistercian Nuns of La Cambre for Cardinal Archduke Albert VII of Austria,” Forty-third International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2008 (coauthored with Alexis Coates).

 “Learning to Read in the Hortus conclusus: Images of the Education of the Virgin in Early Fifteenth-century English Manuscripts,” Forty-second International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2007

 “Hierarchies of Illustration in Early Fifteenth-Century Books of Hours,” Making the Medieval Manuscript: Book Production in Britain, 1375-1525, The Tenth York Manuscripts Conference, University of York, 2005.

“Tradition and Innovation in the Cycles of Miniatures Accompanying the Hours of the Virgin in Early 15th-century English Books of Hours,” Manuscripts in Transition, The Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, 2002.

 “Limners, Textwriters, Stationers: Recent Approaches to Understanding the Production of Illustrated Manuscripts in Fifteenth-Century England,” New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of South Florida, 2002.

“The Form and Function of a Medieval Painted Altarpiece,” The Cloisters Museum, New York, 1998.

 “Public Display and Private Devotion: The Function of Christian Art in Medieval and Renaissance Europe,” Artistic Expressions of Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Taft Museum, Cincinnati, 1997

“Across the Brenner Pass: Trans-Alpine Exchange of Manuscript and Print at the End of the Middle Ages,” Respondent, New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of South Florida, 1996.

 “The Hours of Elizabeth the Queen: Evidence for collaboration between English illuminators and an artist from the Gold Scrolls Group,” Flanders in a European Perspective: Manuscript Illumination around 1400 in Flanders and Abroad, an international colloquium organized by The Center for the Study of Illuminated Manuscripts in the Low Countries, Louvain, Belgium, 1993.

“Women’s Patronage of Books of Hours: Ownership and Use in the Late Middle Ages,” Kresge Art Museum Spring Symposium, Michigan State University, 1993.

“The Illustration of the Hours of the Virgin and the Hours of the Cross in Late Medieval English Books of Hours,” The Medieval Academy of America, Tucson, 1993.

“The Work of a Foreign-trained Artist in the Hours of Elizabeth the Queen,” The Twenty-seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 1992.

 “Miniature Cycles Accompanying the Canonical Hours in some early Fifteenth-Century English Books of Hours,” The Twenty-fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 1990.

“The Hours of Catherine de Valois, Queen of England, and Margaret Holand, the Duchess of Clarence,” The Twenty-fourth International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 1989.

“Bohemian Influence on English Manuscripts from around 1400,” The Twenty-first International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, 1986.

“Drawing from the Cast: Cézanne and the Academic Tradition,” Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 1986.

Exhibitions Organized

“Late Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts from the Collection of Ann Nelson” Leech Gallery, Wriston Art Center Galleries, Lawrence University, September-October 2007 (Jointly organized with students in Lawrence University course ARHI 310: The Illuminated Book).

“Propaganda in the Permanent Collection” Leech Gallery, Wriston Art Center Galleries, Lawrence University, April 4 - May 18, 2003 (Jointly organized with students in Lawrence University course ARHI 552: Art and Propaganda .

“The Psalms and Their Illustration,” J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, April 26-July 4, 1993.

“The Art of the Written Word: Medieval and Renaissance Calligraphy,” J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, January 16-April 1, 1990.

“The International Gothic Style,” J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, January 17-April 2, 1989.

“Pen, Brush, and Folio: The Art of the Medieval Book,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY, April 11-June 1, 1986.

Community Lectures

Baccalaureate address, Lawrence University Commencement, WI, 2010.

The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?” Winchester Academy, Waupaca, WI, 2006.

“Visions of Ukiyo-e: The Landscapes of Hiroshige,” Lawrence University, WI, 2004.

“Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine and Hans Memling’s Gdansk Last Judgment Altarpiece: Masterpieces at the Milwaukee Art Museum,” Milwaukee Art Museum, 2002.

“The Book of Hours: The Late Medieval Best-Seller,” Niederkorn Library, Port Washington, WI, 2002.

“The Making of the Medieval Illuminated Manuscript,” UW Parkside, WI, 2000. 

“Relics, Ritual and Reverence: The Art of the Altar in the Middle Ages,” Lawrence University, 1999.

“Picasso, Cubism and Kuhn: The Structure of Artistic Revolutions,” Lawrence University, WI, 1999.

Baccalaureate address, Lawrence University Commencement, WI, 1995.

“Relationships between Text and Image in Late Medieval Books of Hours,” Lawrence University, 1991.

“Picasso’s Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler,” Lawrence University, WI, 1998.

“The Archaeology of the Illuminated Manuscript,” Archaeological Institute of America, Appleton Chapter, 1990.

Professional Service

Editorial Board, Journal of the Early Book Society, 1998-present