Antoni Gaudí

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Controversial and frequently analysed, Antoni Gaudí is today considered one of the most important architects in history and one of the maximum exponents of Catalan Modernism (Modernisme). He was an enigmatic character, who demonstrated his  boundless creativity devising some of the most original works of all times.

 

The city of Barcelona is home to the majority of Gaudí's major works, such as Casa Batlló, Park Güell, la Pedrera –also known as Casa Milà–, Güell Palace, Casa Vicens, Casa Calvet, Finca Güell and, of course, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia–mistakingly referred to by some as Gaudí's cathedral–. All of Gaudí's works in Barcelona, added to other striking buildings planned by the major architects of the period, make up the “Ruta Modernista” (Modernist Route) of Barcelona, one of the main attractions of the Catalan capital.

 

But Antoni Gaudí didn't just leave his mark in Barcelona. The architect also demonstrated his ingenuity in different parts of Spain by means of different projects of a great artistic value that also ended up turning into icons of modernist architecture. In Comillas (Cantabria), he carried out one of his first works, Villa Quijano, better known as the Caprice, while in the province of Leon he designed the Episcopal Palace of Astorga and Casa Botines. Likewise, Gaudí carried out the refurbishment of the Mallorca Cathedral and projected different buildings in Catalan towns near to Barcelona, such as the Güell Winecellars, located in Garraf, and the Artigas Gardens, in La Pobla de Lillet.

 

All these works constitute a reflection of Gaudí's life, a man that was ahead of his time and who was capable of revolutionizing the history of architecture thanks to his wild imagination and his total dedication to his work. The creator of the Sagrada Familia applied in each one of his works ideas that surpassed the aesthetic horizons of Modernisme and which were universalized with the passing of time.

 

The life of Gaudí is marked by the evolution towards a personal and unclassificable architectonic style, inspired by the forms of nature. Today considered the maximum exponent of Modernisme, Gaudí integrated in his projects traditional decorative arts, paying special attention to stained glass windows, wrought iron work and ceramic work, and carried out revolutionary technical solutions, such as trencadís, one of Antoni Gaudí's great trademarks. Guided by this unifying vision of all the arts, the Catalan architect also carried forays into furniture design, the creation of models for sculptures and landscaping, areas in which Gaudí left his unmistakeable imprint.

 

These books on Gaudí will enable you to get to know better this architectural genius and explore his works in exquisite detail. Discover Gaudí's life, his most important works and his lesser known ones.

These books about Gaudí will give you a complete vision of the life and work of this key figure of Modernisme, considered one of the most important architects of all time.

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