Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson is the author of dozens of publications including the monograph Pompeian Frescoes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director's Eye (American Alliance of Museums, distributed by the University of Chicago Press). He is a frequent contributor to The Art Newspaper.

His background in the field of antiquities includes seven years as a curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, teaching positions in the field of Roman art history at the University of Rome II, Princeton University, and Emory University, and nearly three decades as an art museum director. In 2003, while President of the Association of Art Museum Directors, he announced the formation of a Task Force on Archaeological Materials & Ancient Art, which he chaired for nearly a decade.