Antoni Gaudi︠, 1852-1926: From Nature to Architecture

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The Dante of architecture "Do you want to know where I found my model? An upright tree; it bears its branches and these, in turn, their twigs, and these, in turn, the leaves. And every individual part has been growing harmoniously, magnificently, ever since God the artist created it."
- Antoni Gaud

Wherever they go, anyone who visits Barcelona today will come across the works of Spanish architect Antoni Gaud (1852-1926), the architect who has attracted art-lovers from all over the world to Spain. It was there, in the capital of Catalonia, that the famous master of architecture produced nearly all of his works. Raised during the Industrial Revolution, Gaud strove to distinguish and reaffirm the identity of his native Catalonia as Spain and the rest of Europe modernized. Early neo-Gothic designs were the stepping-stone to the mature, original style that came to be synonymous with his name. Incorporating bold colors and odd bits of material into his designs, Gaud created inspiring, visionary buildings and helped establish Barcelona (most notably with the still-unfinished Sagrada Fam lia cathedral) as a city of the world. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Architecture Series features:
  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)

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El Capricho
Finca Güell
2O Casa Vicens
Palau Güell
3o Collegi de les Teresianes
Palacio Episcopal
Casa Fernández y Andrés
Cripta de la Colònia Güell
Villa Bellesguard
Park Güell
Catedral de Mallorca
Casa Batlló 7o Casa Milà
Classrooms of the Sagrada Família 82 Sagrada Família
9O Life and Work
Maps 96 Bibliography Credits

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About the author (2003)

The author:
Maria Antonietta Crippa
is currently professor ""straordinario"" of History of Architecture at the Politecnico University in Milan, at the DiAP (Department of Architecture and Planning of the School of Architecture). Since the early 1980s, she has published widely on architecture and town planning.

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