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Inigo Jones and the European Classicist Tradition : The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art - Giles Worsley

Inigo Jones and the European Classicist Tradition

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Hardcover Published: March 2007
ISBN: 9780300117295
Number Of Pages: 240

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"In this ground-breaking volume, the first book-length study for forty years on one of England's greatest and most influential classical architects, conventional assumptions about Inigo Jones are turned on their head. Traditionally, Jones has been looked upon as an isolated, even old-fashioned, figure in European architecture, still espousing the Palladian ideals of the sixteenth century when his European contemporaries were turning to the Baroque. Through a wide investigation of contemporary European architecture and a detailed examination of Jones's buildings, Giles Worsley shows this impression to be false and demonstrates that Inigo Jones must be understood within the context of a European-wide, early seventeenth-century classicist movement." "A broad-ranging survey of contemporary architecture in Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands reveals how many powerful parallels there are on the Continent with Jones's work in England. This is followed by a close study of Jones's buildings, looked at in terms of both their chronological development and the growing complexity of different building types. By focusing on the importance of the classical ideal of decorum, in which the richness of a building's decoration depends on the status of its owner and function, Worsley shows how Jones can be understood only by examining the full range of his architecture, in which the humble stable is as revealing as a royal palace. At the same time key motifs that have long been seen as proof of Jones's Palladian loyalities, particularly the Serliana, the portico and the centrally planned villa, are shown to have a much older and deeper meaning as symbols of sovereignty. By taking this approach Giles Worsley not only transforms our understanding of Inigo Jones but also forces us to look with fresh eyes at early seventeenth-century European architecture as a whole."--BOOK JACKET.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Forewordp. x
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Inigo Jones's Early Lifep. 5
Jones and Italyp. 19
Jones and Southern Germanyp. 31
Jones and Francep. 39
Jones and the Netherlandsp. 49
Jones, Serlio and the Astylar Mannerp. 71
Jones, Palladio, Scamozzi and Rubensp. 93
The Architecture of Sovereignty I: The Porticop. 123
The Architecture of Sovereignty II: The Serlianap. 137
The Architecture of Sovereignty III: Whitehall Palacep. 157
Jones's Legacyp. 175
Notesp. 188
Select Bibliographyp. 209
Photograph Creditsp. 212
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780300117295
ISBN-10: 0300117299
Series: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: March 2007
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 558.8 x 711.2  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 1.29

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