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Gauvin Alexander Bailey

Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 2017
Gauvin Alexander Bailey lecturing at the Biblioteca Nacional del Perú in July 2019
With Xia Junbo, Director of the Beijing Temple of Heaven Museum, at the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire, October 2016
Bailey at Australian National University, 22 October 2015
At Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 8 May 2014
Bailey at the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, 23 March 2011

Gauvin Alexander Bailey is an American-Canadian author and art historian. He is Professor and Alfred and Isabel Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen's University.[1] He attended the Schillergymnasium Münster[1], among other schools, and graduated from Trinity College, Toronto at the University of Toronto with a B.A. in 1989 and M.A. in 1990, and from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in 1996.

Professor Bailey is a correspondent étranger at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France [2][2] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[3] He held the 2017 Panofsky Professorship at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.[4]

Gauvin Alexander Bailey has taught Renaissance, Baroque, Latin American, and Asian art at King’s College at the University of Aberdeen, Boston College and Clark University, and has held guest professorships at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (as the 2017 Panofsky Professor), Boston University,[5] Georgetown University,[6] and the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) in Bogotá. He has curated and served as consultant on museum exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon), and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, 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 was also awarded the prestigious Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome. He has published nine books including, most recently, The Palace of Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti (ca. 1806-13): the Untold Story of the Potsdam of the Rainforest (Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2017) and Architecture & Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire: State, Church and Identity, 1604-1830 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018). He has also co-authored or co-edited seven other books and over 80 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Renaissance ivories carved in the Philippines to Italian Baroque paintings in a time of plague.[7] Bailey maintains an active international lecture schedule and has made over 100 presentations at academic institutions and museums on six continents, including Yale University, the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, the Getty Research Institute, the University of Cambridge, the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the University of St. Andrews, the University of Edinburgh, the Institut de France, Sorbonne University, Sapienza University of Rome, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, University of Heidelberg, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. He regularly contributes exhibition and book reviews to The Burlington Magazine and The Art Newspaper.[3][8]

In 2017, Bailey and his graduate students launched the Colonial Architecture Project. The website makes publicly accessible thousands of high quality photographs of colonial architecture from the British, Danish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, and Spanish Empires. This website now has over 20,000 images with particular concentrations in South America, South and Southeast Asia, and Central and North America, as well as significant representation in Africa and Australia and the Middle East.

He is currently working on a tenth book, entitled The Architecture of Empire: France in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, 1664-1954.

Major AwardsEdit


  • Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire: State, Church, and Society, 1604-1830, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018, [22] Reviewed in Transactions of the Society of Architectural Historians [23],Canadian Architect, Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada[24]; Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society[25] and the Journal of Modern History [26]
  • Der Palast von Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti (ca. 1806–1813): Das vergessene Potsdam im Regenwald/The Palace of Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti (ca. 1806–13): The Untold Story of the Potsdam of the Rainforest. Berlin and Munich: Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte and Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2017. [27] Reviewed in The Art Newspaper. [28]
  • The Spiritual Rococo: Décor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014.[29]
  • Baroque & Rococo. London: Phaidon Press, 2012.[30] Reviewed in The Spectator[31]
  • The Andean Hybrid Baroque: Convergent Cultures in the Churches of Colonial Peru, University of Notre Dame Press, 2010, [32] Spanish edition El barroco andino híbrido: culturas convergentes en las iglesias del Sur Andino published by Ediciones El Lector, Arequipa, 2018. [33]
  • Art of colonial Latin America, Phaidon, 2005, ISBN 978-0-7148-4157-1[34] Reviewed in The Times and The Observer (a Book of the Year for 2005).[35]
  • Between Renaissance and Baroque: Jesuit Art in Rome, 1565–1610. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.[36]
  • Art on the Jesuit missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773, University of Toronto Press, 2001 [37] Winner of the 2001 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for Art and Music.
  • The Jesuits and the Grand Mogul: Renaissance Art at the Imperial Court of India, 1580–1630. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1998.[38]

Lectures and InterviewsEdit

  • Interview December 2019 in The Art Newspaper 'Putti and Beauty: Art Books of the year' with six other experts, including Taco Dibbits, Director of the Rijksmuseum, Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, Caroline Campbell, Director of collections and research, National Gallery, London and Edwin Heathcote, Architecture critic, Financial Times. [39]
  • Lecture 'Una orden misionera sin santos: Jesuitas no beatos y no canonizados, y santidad sustituta en Italia y Perú (1580-1622)' at the Museo Pedro de Osma, Lima, 15 July 2019 [40](begins at 2:04).
  • Interview 1 December 2018 in La República 'El tesoro artístico de la iglesia de San Pedro' [41]
  • Interview 'Sotheby's 'Midas Touch' auction to include a gold Ferrari' 16 October 2018 CNN Style
  • Review 'The enchanted world of Bodys Isek Kingelez' in Burlington Contemporary 1 October 2018 [42]
  • Interview 'How the Color Blue Changed Art Forever' 14 June 2018 CNN Style
  • Interview 'World-renowned early music specialist Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam Baroque Choir to treat Hong Kong to a musical feast' 10 May 2018 South China Post
  • Lecture 'Art of the Gesu: Bernini and his Age' at Fairfield University Art Museum, 1 February 2018 [43]
  • Lecture 6 'From the Rue Saint-Jacques to the Paraguayan Outback: the Itinerant lives of Rococo Decorative prints in 18th-Century South America' June 2013 at the Getty Research Institute[44]
  • Lecture 'The Great Debate: "Mestizo Baroque" and Latin American Architectural History" at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, March 2013 [45]
  • Lecture 'The Andean Hybrid Baroque' 6 October 2010 at the University of St Andrews [46]
  • Interview 'A Backpacker's Mission: Travel through South America in search of the legacy of the Jesuit missionaries.' 15 January 2006 Australian Broadcasting Corporation [47]
  • Interview in the documentary Xavier (Fourth Week Films, 2006), featuring Liam Neeson.[48]
  • Interview 'A Vanished El Dorado' Archaeology Magazine March/April 2001 [49]
  • Interview in the documentary The Face: Jesus in Art (PBS, 2001), featuring Ricardo Montalban and others.[50]
  • Interview PBS NOVA "Sultan's Lost Treasure", PBS Airdate: January 16, 2001