Gregory Bryda

Assistant Professor, Barnard

Western Medieval Art and Architecture
Ph.D. Yale University, 2016

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-5039
Office: 500J Diana Center
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30


Gregory Bryda specializes in the art and architecture of medieval Europe. He has published on topics related to medieval and modern apophaticism, the history of medicine, intermediality, and skeuomorphism. He is currently writing a book that examines the proliferation of vegetation in the art and literature of late medieval Germany. In 2017, with Katherine Boivin, he co-chaired Riemenschneider In Situ, a conference that assembled experts in southern Germany to analyze the sculptor’s monumental artworks that are too large and fragile to travel for exhibition.

Bryda received his PhD from Yale University and his BA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania (College and Wharton). His research has been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Bode Museum), Getty Research Institute, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In addition to topics relating to the Middle Ages, he has published and delivered academic papers on the digital humanities. For Wölff, an app for art historians, Apollo Magazine named him 40 Under 40 USA in a 2015 volume dedicated to the forty most influential and promising projects/people in the US art world under the age of 40.

Selected Publications

The Exuding Wood of the Cross at Isenheim,” The Art Bulletin 100 (2018): 6-36 PDF

“Der Mittelfränkische Heilig-Blut-Altar als Mittelrheinische Goldschmiedekunst,” in Frankfurt als Zentrum unter Zentren?: Kunsttransfer und Kunstgenese am Mittelrhein 1400-1500 [Neue Frankfurter Forschungen zur Kunst], ed. Martin Büchsel und Berit Wagner (Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2018)

“Nada Dada: An Encounter between the Pseudo-Dionysius and Hugo Ball,” in Imagined Encounters: Historiographies for a New World, special issue of Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies Vol. 7:1, ed. Roland Betancourt (London: Palgrave, 2016), 66-80.