Gregory Bryda

Assistant Professor, Barnard

Art and Architecture of the European Middle Ages
Ph.D. Yale University, 2016

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-5039
Office: 500J Diana Center
On leave 2021–22; Fulbright Scholar, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Wintersemester 2022


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 and science, wood as subject and medium in medieval art, and historical and contemporary examples of skeuomorphism. He is currently writing The Trees of the Cross, a book that explores the ritual blessings of greenery at the altar and outdoors in medieval Germany, and the liturgical artworks that staged and mediated them. With Katherine Boivin, he co-edited Riemenschneider In Situ (Brepols, forthcoming 2021), a volume of papers from the 2017 conference that assembled experts in southern Germany to analyze the sculptor’s monumental artworks that are too large and fragile to travel for exhibition. His teaching has so far covered areas such as medieval eschatology and images of the end of times; mysticism and the sublime in medieval art; the history of medieval sculpture; late medieval altarpieces; conceptions of the natural world in the Middle Ages; Gothic cathedrals; and portrayals of sin and sodomy.

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
*Recipient of the 2019 Emerging Scholars Essay Prize, Historians of German, Scandinavian, and
Central European Art (HGSCEA)

“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.