McMullen Museum of Art Boston College


The McMullen Museum’s publications, edited by curators and published by the Museum, are integral components of its exhibition program. Books are available through the links below as well as through the Boston College Bookstore.

La Farge

John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred

Examining for the first time from an interdisciplinary perspective La Farge’s lifelong efforts to visualize the sacred. Demonstrating how the artist’s quest was manifest in representations of religious figures, nature, and still life as well as in stunningly imaginative book illustrations of romantic fantasy.


Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire

Presenting new ways of thinking about the concept of “being Roman” with essays by leading classical scholars and historians on how aspects of Roman religion, military, architecture, coinage, were reflected in expressions of provincial Romans’ self-identity.


Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds

Examining Cuban surrealist Wifredo Lam as a global figure whose work blurred boundaries among the most significant artistic movements of the twentieth century, contributions from art historical, theological, and philosophical perspectives emplace Lam as one of the most preeminent artists of his time.

Courbet: Mapping Realism

With French realist Gustave Courbet’s works as centerpiece, Mapping Realism traces the artist’s profound influences on his contemporaries from both sides of the Atlantic with essays by Belgian and American art historians.


Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods

Exploring the interactions between Portuguese merchants, Jesuits, and the Japanese in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the essays in this volume, by noted interdisciplinary scholars, create a comprehensive study of international relations during the period on political, cultural, and spiritual levels.


Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision; From Nature to Art

Featuring contributions by international scholars and philosophers and a new translation of Klee’s lecture “On Modern Art,” Paul Klee not only reveals the man himself as a thinker and artist, but also creates a larger paradigm for how philosophical ideas shape art, and vice versa.


Rural Ireland: The Inside Story

Historians, curators, folklorists, and literary critics examine paintings of and artifacts from Ireland’s rural homes from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, illuminating the power of physical objects to offer deeper understanding of their owners’ lives.


The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome

Presenting the proceedings a conference at Boston College, this volume considers the life, character, and influential role of Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj in shaping the visual arts, music, and literature of late baroque Rome from his elevation as cardinal in 1681 to his death in 1730.


Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity

Reexamining this ancient center of multiculturalism.


First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection

Documenting key developments in American history as the nation struggled to establish its identity.


Mystic Masque: Semblance and Reality in Georges Rouault

Recovers Rouault’s keen sense of disjunction, unintended consequences, and ironic reversals.


Pollock Matters

Investigates the friendship and artistic relationship between Jackson Pollock and Herbert Matter

New Key

A New Key: Modern Belgian Art from the Simon Collection

Late 19th- and early 20th-century Belgian art from the Simon Collection


Cosmophilia: Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen

A stylistic investigation of a millennium of Islamic art from the David Collection


Secular/Sacred: 11th-16th Century Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exploring multiple ways in which medieval and early modern objects communicated both sacred and secular messages to their viewers


GONE: Site-Specific Works by Dorothy Cross

Retrospective of works by Irish site-specific artist Dorothy Cross



Six contemporary artists present new visions of the human form

Out of Print


Sarah Westlake: Drawing <—> Sculpture

Examining the interplay between Westlake's sculpture and drawing


Matta: Making the Invisibile Visible

Retrospective of the Chilean Surrealist


Common Ground: Photographers on the Street



Land as an icon of the Irish Nation pervades Irish visual culture from the Middle Ages to present


Cowboys, Indians, and the Big Picture

Traditional and alternative visions of the American West

saints Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image


In a Perfect World: Bermuda in the Context of American Landscape Painting



Fragmented Devotion: Medieval Objects from the Schnutgen Museum, Cologne

Exploring modes of collecting, displaying, and interpreting Medieval devotional fragments, and the meanings they have in our understanding of medieval art and religious life

redress Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works from Irish Women Artists

visions Original Visions: Shifting the Paradigm, Women's Art, 1970-1996

turner J.M.W. Turner and the Romantic Vision of the Holy Land and the Bible


America's Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

protrction Protection, Power and Display: Shields from Island Southeast Asia and Melanesia

memory Memory and the Middle Ages

Artists Artists and Writers: Sculpture by Michael de Lisio
Twork Jack Tworkov: 1935-1982