Graduate Theological Union

Kathryn Barush

Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion


At GTU since 2014

D. Phil., University of Oxford, 2012
M.St./M.A., University of Oxford, 2007
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 2003
Phone: 510/549-5010


Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • art and material culture of pilgrimage
  • sacred art in theory and practice
  • form and function of Medieval illuminated manuscripts and their modern reception
  • art and religion of the British Isles

Selected Publications

  • Book:  Art and the Sacred Journey in Britain (1790-1850), Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage series, forthcoming
  • “A Pilgrim in the Park: Sacred Space in Lewis Miller’s ‘Guide to Central Park,’” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 2013.
  • “Visions of Mortality: The vast collection of antiquarian Francis Douce incorporated a wide range of images of death and the afterlife. These included a set of William Blake's designs for The Grave, now in Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, resonant romantic additions to an age-old pictorial tradition,” Apollo: The International Art Magazine, 2013.
  • "Pilgrimage and Image at Lincoln Cathedral," Transpositions, Journal of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews, 2013.
  • “Painting the Scene,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre 1737-1832, Oxford University Press, Fall 2013.
  • "James Barry, William Godwin, and 'the language of forms,'" The Bodleian Library Record, 2011.
  • "Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time":  The Ashmolean Redevelopment, British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review (October, 2009).