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Art & Art History

Donald McColl

Associate Professor of Art History
  • B.A., University of Western Ontario, 1986
  • M.A., Oberlin College, 1992
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1996, with postdoctoral study at Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • Netherlandish, German and Swiss art of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries
  • art and the Reformations of the sixteenth century
  • iconoclasm
  • Early Christian/Late Antique art and archaeology
  • museology

Course Offerings

  • Introduction to History of Western Art
  • World Art (in planning)
  • Late Antique Art in the Making
  • Wars Against Idols: Cross-Cultural Studies in Iconoclasm
  • Northern Renaissance Art
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Art from the Baroque to Neoclassicism
  • Dürer and his Culture
  • Rembrandt
  • Museums (Broken Homes?): History, Theory, Practice
  • Exhibition Seminar: Rembrandt’s Poor

Recent Publications

  • “Agony in the Garden: Dürer’s ‘Crisis of the Image.’” In The Essential Dürer. Ed. Jeffrey Chipps Smith and Larry Silver. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.
  • “Ad fontes: Iconoclasm by Water in the Reformation World.” In Michael Cole and Rebecca Zorach, eds., The Idol in the Age of Art: Objects, Devotions, and the Early Modern World. St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History. Aldershot, Hampshire, United Kingdom, and Burlington, Vermont, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008, 189-220.
  • “Signs of the Times: The Cleveland Marbles.” Byzantine Studies Research Reports, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, 2006 (http://doaks.org/research/byzantine/byzantine-fellowship-reports/signs-of-the-times-the-cleveland-marbles)