Inigo Jones and the European Classicist Tradition

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Overview

In this groundbreaking volume, conventional assumptions about one of England’s greatest and most influential classical architects are turned on their head. Traditionally, Inigo Jones has been looked upon as an isolated, even old-fashioned, figure in European architecture, still espousing the Palladian ideals of the 16th century when European contemporaries were turning to the Baroque. Yet an investigation of contemporary European architecture and of Jones’s buildings belies this impression, demonstrating that Jones must be viewed in the context of a European-wide, early-17th-century classicist movement.
Giles Worsley examines the full range of Jones’s architecture, from humble stable to royal palace. Worsley shows that key motifs that have been seen as proof of Jones’s Palladian loyalties—particularly the Serliana, the portico, and the centrally planned villa—have a much older and deeper meaning as symbols of sovereignty. The book transforms our understanding not only of Inigo Jones but also of the architecture of his time.
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300117295
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Giles Worsley was senior research fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and architecture critic of the Daily Telegraph. He was the author of Classical Architecture in Britain: The Heroic Age, published by Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Foreword     x
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Inigo Jones's Early Life     5
Jones and Italy     19
Jones and Southern Germany     31
Jones and France     39
Jones and the Netherlands     49
Jones, Serlio and the Astylar Manner     71
Jones, Palladio, Scamozzi and Rubens     93
The Architecture of Sovereignty I: The Portico     123
The Architecture of Sovereignty II: The Serliana     137
The Architecture of Sovereignty III: Whitehall Palace     157
Jones's Legacy     175
Notes     188
Select Bibliography     209
Photograph Credits     212
Index     213
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