Alex Brey


About Alex Brey

Alex is a Ph.D. candidate working with Professor Alicia Walker at Bryn Mawr College. His dissertation, “The Caliph’s Prey: Hunting in the Visual Cultures of the Umayyad Empire,” traces patterns and networks of artistic exchange in Late Antique and Early Medieval Middle Eurasia through the lens of hunting imagery produced within the Umayyad empire (ca. 660-750). He received his B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Vassar College in 2008, and his M.A. in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2011 under the supervision of Professor Dale Kinney. Alex has worked on excavations of Late Antique and Medieval sites in Scotland, Jordan, and Israel, and participated in on-site research seminars in Turkey and Uzbekistan. He also has a deep interest in the intersection of Digital Scholarship and art historical research and pedagogy. For the 2016-2017 academic year he is a Garden and Landscape Studies Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks.


Qu'ran fragment, in Arabic, before 911, vellum, MS M. 712, fols 19v-20r, 23 x 32 cm, possibly Iraq (The Morgan Library and Museum, New York)
The lavish materials used for this manuscript convey both its patron’s wealth and the sacred text’s dignity.

Folio from a Qur’an