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Inigo Jones and the Architecture of Temperance

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Abstract: Jones is often seen as a disciple of Palladio. However, his work was also shaped by national forces and a negative reaction to Italian architecture. This lecture will examine the links between the column and the crown prior to Jones’s work. It will discuss how notes made following his visit to Rome in 1614 can be viewed in the context of Protestant decorative sensitivities. Jones’s subsequent buildings will be examined in the light of these notes. Jones will be shown to have sought to establish a temperate classism, distinct from the excesses of Rome and consistent with Protestant aesthetics.

Biography: Vaughan Hart is the Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture at the University of Bath. His books include ‘Art and Magic in the Court of the Stuarts’ (Routledge 1994), ‘Sebastiano Serlio on Architecture’ (Yale University Press, 1996 and 2001), ‘Nicholas Hawksmoor: Rebuilding Ancient Wonders’ (Yale University Press, 2002), ‘Palladio’s Rome’ (Yale University Press, 2006), ‘Sir John Vanbrigh’ (Yale University Press, 2008). His new monograph on Inigo Jones has just been published, also by Yale University Press.

This talk is part of the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series - 42nd Annual Series of Lunchtime Lectures series.

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