Inigo: The Life of Inigo Jones, Architect of English Renaissance
The first and greatest of the English Renaissance architects, Inigo Jones was an unlikely candidate to change the landscape of British style and ... Show synopsis The first and greatest of the English Renaissance architects, Inigo Jones was an unlikely candidate to change the landscape of British style and design. Yet this self-taught son of a Smithfield cloth worker was to bring classicism to England and his surviving buildings - including the Banqueting House in Whitehall and the Queen's House at Greenwich - remain testaments to his genius. Alongside his architecture, Jones was also instrumental in designing the elaborate costumes and settings of Jacobean court masques, often in collaboration with the poet Ben Jonson, with whom he had a long and bitter rivalry. These extravagant masques became a symbol of the spendthrift, self-absorbed Stuart monarchy, and Jones was guilty by association when Civil War was declared in 1642. Forced to take refuge, he was finally arrested in 1645 and stripped of his property. In 1649, Jones learnt that the King had been executed in front of the Banqueting House that he had designed for him.