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 six books and has recently completed a seventh for Ashgate Publishing called The Spiritual Rococo: Décor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia on the impact of a theology of happiness in French literature on the proliferation of Rococo arts and architecture in Europe and South America, and is beginning a new book project on the arts of the French Atlantic Empire entitled Utopianism and Intransigence in the art and architecture of the French Atlantic World, 1608-1828.
||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 in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773 (1999)|
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