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Rockefeller Family Presents Artwork to Boston College in Honor of their Sons, Both BC graduates

Boston College parent Steven Rockefeller and Boston College McMullen Museum of Art Director Nancy Netzer. Photo Credit: Christopher Soldt, BC Media Technology Services

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (December 2013) — Boston College parents Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller—who is the grandson of the late Nelson Rockefeller—were on campus on Thursday, December 12 to attend the University’s mid-year Baccalaureate Mass and reception, to honor their son Christian ’14, who completed his undergraduate degree requirements from BC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Also attending the event—held for mid-year graduates and their families—were the couple’s children Steven III ’09 and Kayla, as well as Christian’s grandmother.

The Nativity by Albrecht Dürer

While at the University, they also presented Boston College with an Albrecht Dürer etching in honor of their two sons, which was received by McMullen Museum of Art Director Nancy Netzer. Titled "The Nativity," the work by Dürer—considered the greatest German artist—is from the personal collection of Nelson Rockefeller.

Steven Rockefeller is a fifth-generation Rockefeller. His grandfather was governor of New York and served as U.S. Vice-President under President Gerald Ford.

The National Gallery of Art, which featured the artist Dürer in an exhibition—“Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina,” displayed earlier this year—described his importance as follows:

“Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) has long been considered the greatest German artist, uniquely combining the status held in Italian art by Michelangelo in the 16th century, by Raphael in the 18th and 19th centuries, and by Leonardo da Vinci in our own day. While Dürer's paintings were prized, his most influential works were his drawings, watercolors, engravings, and woodcuts.”

The Baccalaureate Mass attended by the Rockefellers was held in conjunction with BC’s Sesquicentennial Mass to conclude the University’s anniversary celebration. It was launched in September 2012 and spanned three semesters. More at


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