By Jeremy Roe
The e-book undertakes a severe survey of the structure of Antoni Gaudí, drawing at the newest educational study and observed through documentary illustrations and a photographic essay of his paintings. the hole chapters offer an creation to Gaudí's biography and the social and cultural context of Barcelona amidst which he built his awesome and unique structure. Following this his paintings is tested in 4 specific chapters. the 1st chapters supply a survey of Gaudí's improvement as an architect via tracing the contribution he made to 2 components of structure; to start with his secular, household structure, together with the striking Casa Milá; and secondly his designs and accomplished constructions for the Church, corresponding to the Episcopal palace in Astorga. the ultimate chapters additionally supply a survey of that spans a lot of Gaudí's lifestyles, yet targeting the single hand at the constructions built for his customer Eusebio Güell and at the different the huge and global popular church of the Sagrada Familia. serious research is accessible of every of his constructions with the purpose to spot the improvement of his unique architectural type.
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A concern to sustain a rigid and ordered society, which is encountered across Europe, may be understood as an anxious response to the dramatic changes society was going through as well as concern to maximise wealth. Gaudí himself preserved traditions in his way of working. He commanded a large workshop with assistants to carry out a range of tasks, such as carpentry, constructions in wrought iron, mosaic, painting and stained glass. By working in this way his connection to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement may be detected.
In Britain Ruskin and William Morris looked to the medieval era for ideals of both artistic work and social organisation which would result in a moral and harmonious society. Perspectives on the Life of Antoni Gaudí 31 Perspectives on the Life of Antoni Gaudí Gaudí’s buildings for Güell illustrate the religious and utopian vision that the architect and his patron shared. The medieval world view evoked by Gaudí’s work is also encountered in the allusions to palaces and castles of his domestic architecture for his wealthy patrons, the factory and the warehouse having become the modern fiefdoms.
Torras y Bages, a high ranking ecclesiastic Gaudí knew well and for whom he would later design a funerary monument, illustrates this ideological current: “You that work for the restoration of our life, skilled lovers of Catalonia, that work for the region, you work also for the restoration of human sentiments, in order that you achieve a truly human literature... ” This statement was given at a literary competition. These were regular events aimed at generating and promoting Catalan culture. The specific audience of Torres y Bages was the Catalan section of the Catholic Youth of Barcelona and it is a good example of the religious brand of the Renaixença spirit.