The Banqueting House, Inigo Jones's masterpiece of classical architecture, is one of the first examples of the principles of Palladianism being applied to an English building. It marks the beginning of a revolution in British architecture.
Having travelled to Italy and seen the buildings of the ancient world and the Italian Renaissance, Inigo Jones decided to recreate something of their effect in rainy London, for King James I Jones was fascinated by the order and logic of classical buildings, and by the style, shape and colour of classical architectural ornament.
He made detailed drawings and notes, recording his observations on the ruins, palaces and churches he visited on his travels. Later, many of these shaped his own designs for buildings and masque scenery.
Jones intended the Banqueting House to look like a piece of ancient Rome transposed to Whitehall and the effect was extraordinary.
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