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Queen's University

Gauvin Alexander BaileyGauvinA.jpg

Professor and Alfred and Isabel Bader Chair in Southern Baroque 
Ph.D. (Harvard University)

Fellow of the  Royal Society of Canada

Correspondent Étranger, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France

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Research Interests

16th-18th century Southern and Central European arts and their international diffusion in Latin America and Asia; also the patronage of Catholic religious orders, notably the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); more recently the relationship between Rococo décor and spirituality in France, Central Europe, Iberia, Latin America and the arts of the French Atlantic Empire.


Gauvin Alexander Bailey has taught Renaissance, Baroque, and Latin American art at the University of Aberdeen, Boston College, and Clark University, and has held guest professorships at Boston University and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. He has curated and served as consultant on museum exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum, the Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon), the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, the Victoria & Albert Museum among others and has held fellowships with the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), and the British Academy. He has published seven books including, most recently, The Spiritual Rococo: Décor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia (Ashgate, 2014) and has signed a contract with Ashgate for a new book on French Atlantic arts and architecture from Senegal to Guiana entitled Art and Architecture in the French Atlantic World, 1604-1830: Ideology and Reality in the Other Latin America. He has also co-authored and co-edited seven books on topics ranging from Renaissance ivories carved in the Philippines to Italian Baroque paintings in a time of plague.

View Gauvin Bailey's CV 


The Spiritual Rococo: Decor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia (2014) BaroqueAndRococo_2.jpg
Baroque & Rococo  (2012)
The Andean Hybrid Baroque: Convergent Cultures in the Churches of Colonial Peru  (2010)
Art of Colonial Latin America  (2005)
Between Renaissance and Baroque: Jesuit Art in Rome, 1565-1610  (2003)
Art_on_the_Jesuit_Missions_2.jpg Art on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773  (1999)

Courses Taught

ARTH253 Baroque Art

ARTH370 Architecture of the Baroque Period

ARTH451 Caravaggio & Artemisia

ARTH272 Latin American Art

ARTH372 Art of Colonial Latin America

ARTH472 Art & Global Encounter

ARTH854 Studies in Baroque and Rococo

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000