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Honours for art historian

Queen’s University art historian Gauvin Bailey recognized by international art organizations.

Professor and Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art Gauvin Bailey was recently named the second Panofsky Professor at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Germany.

The facility is the only independent art history research institute in Germany and features one of the largest and most significant art historical libraries and archives in the world.

Art historian Gauvin Bailey has earned two significant honours over the past year.

“This professorship will allow me to work with and collaborate with a wide range of important scholars in my research area,” says Dr. Bailey. “It will also enable me to bring new ideas to my teaching and course development and to mentoring my students at Queen’s.”

Named for Erwin Panofsky, one of the founders of art history as a discipline, the first Panofsky Professor was Victor Stoichita, an internationally recognized scholar of Spanish painting.

Dr. Bailey says during his two month stay in Germany he will be tasked with presenting a public lecture which will be published by Deutscher Kunstverlag, Germany’s premier art history press. He will also act as a mentor to the Panofsky Fellow, a post-doctoral scholar who is working on a project related to Baroque and Rococo art.

This latest honour follows his recent appointment with the Institut de France. In 2014, he was elected as a correspondent étranger (foreign correspondent) of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, which was founded in 1663. This past fall, Dr. Bailey was formally inducted into the Academy. The Academy only maintains 50 French and 50 foreign correspondents at any one time. Only six are from North America.

For his public lecture at the Institut de France that was part of the induction ceremony, Dr. Bailey spoke about his current book project on the architecture of the French Atlantic Empire. The text of the lecture will appear in the French scientific journal, the Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

“I am extremely grateful for these recent honours,” says Dr. Bailey. “In particular holding the Panofsky Professorship will allow me to start a new project which focuses on globalization and its impact on Baroque and Rococo art and architecture.”

For more information on Dr. Bailey and his research, please visit his website.