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Gaudi’s universe: A personal tour through the shimmering streets of Barcelona

The visionary architect’s unique buildings includes some of the most visited monuments in Spain

Friday 19 June 2020 18:22

The life of Antoni Gaudi was full of complexity and contradictions.

As a young man he joined the Catalonian nationalist movement and was critical of the church; towards the end of his life he devoted himself completely to the construction of one single spectacular church, La Sagrada Familia.

In his youth, he courted a glamorous social life and the demeanour of a dandy. By the time of his death in a tram accident on the streets of Barcelona his clothes were so shabby passersby assumed he was a beggar.

Gaudi’s incomparable architecture channels much of this multifaceted intricacy. From the shimmering textures and skeletal forms of Casa Batllo to the Hispano-Arabic matrix of Casa Vicens, his work merged the influences of Orientalism, natural forms, new materials, and religious faith into a unique Modernista aesthetic.

Today, his unique aesthetic enjoys global popularity and acclaim. His magnum opus, the Sagrada Familia, is the most-visited monument in Spain, and seven of his works are Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Through brand-new photography, plans and drawings by himself, historical photos, as well as an appendix detailing all his works Gaudi: The Complete Works is like a personal tour through Barcelona.

You can purchase ‘Gaudi: The Complete Works’ here

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