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Shorr, Dorothy C.

    Full Name: Shorr, Dorothy C.

    Other Names:

    • Dorothy Caroline Shorr

    Gender: female

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: 1969

    Place Died: New York, NY, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): Italian (culture or style), Italian Renaissance-Baroque styles, and Renaissance


    Private scholar of the Italian renaissance attached to New York University. Seligman was the daughter of Theodore Seligman (d. 1907) and Florence Einstein (Seligman). At her father’s death, her mother remarried Charles Waldstein, an archaeologist and Slade professor at Cambridge. The Waldsteins changed their name to Walston to distance themselves from their German heritage in World War I. Sir Charles died in 1927, but her mother retained the title Lady Walston, living in Cambridge, England. Dorothy Seligman married Ephriam Shorr (1897-1956), a Yale-trained M.D., in 1927. Shorr worked closely with Richard Offner and his students in the 1950s, helping many of them with their research projects. During this time her husband was professor of medicine at Cornell University and an attending physician at New York Hospital.

    Selected Bibliography

    The Christ Child in Devotional Images in Italy during the Fourteenth Century. New York: 1954; “The Mourning Virgin and Saint John.” Art Bulletin 22, No. 2 (June 1940):. 61-69; “The Role of the Virgin in Giotto’s Last Judgment.” Art Bulletin 38, No. 4 (December 1956): 207-214; “The Iconographic Development of the Presentation in the Temple.” Art Bulletin 28, No. 1 (March 1946): 17-32.


    Kleinbauer, W. Eugene. Modern Perspectives in Western Art History: An Anthology of 20th-Century Writings on the Visual Arts. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971, p. 67 cited; Offner, Richard. Smyth, Craig Hugh. “Glimpses of Richard Offner.” A Discerning Eye: Essays on Early Italian Painting. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998, p. 45, note 3; “Dorothy Seligman Wed in City Chapel: Daughter of Lady Walston and Late Theodore Seligman Is Bride of Dr. Ephraim Shorr.” New York Times October 19, 1927, p. 22; “Ephraim Shorr, Biologist, Dead. Cornell Research Authority, Was Noted for Work on Treatment of Shock.” New York Times January 7, 1956. p. 17; [obituary notice:] New York Times June 20, 1969. p. 41


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