Professor Diana K. McDonald, Ph.D.

Professor Diana K. McDonald
  • Boston College
  • Columbia University
Many, if not most, of our great works of art from classical, modern, and contemporary times have roots in the earliest art that was created.

Dr. Diana Krumholz McDonald is an art historian and lecturer at Boston College. She earned her B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard University and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she concentrated in ancient Near Eastern and Pre-Columbian art. At Boston College, she teaches courses on the art of ancient America (Pre-Columbian) and of the ancient Mediterranean. She frequently lectures at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and she worked at The Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Indonesian National Museum in Jakarta, and other preeminent organizations. She wrote nine essays in the book The Looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad: The Lost Legacy of Ancient Mesopotamia in 2005, and she is the author of numerous articles and reviews. Professor McDonald was a Henry Luce Scholar in Indonesia and a Presidential Scholar at Columbia University, and she received a Fulbright Scholarship, which she declined in order to go to Asia. While completing her dissertation, she was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. She is on the Visiting Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the Art of the Ancient World Department; and the Collections Committee of the Harvard Art Museums. She has visited the museums and archaeological sites of over 40 countries.


"Professor McDonald's command of these precious works is stunning, and her range is unusually wide -- from Chauvet Cave 30,000 years ago to the gorgeous textiles and pottery of pre-Columbian Latin America."

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