By Jeremy Roe
The e-book undertakes a serious survey of the structure of Antoni Gaudí, drawing at the newest educational learn and followed via documentary illustrations and a photographic essay of his paintings. the outlet 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 exact chapters. the 1st chapters supply a survey of Gaudí's improvement as an architect by way of tracing the contribution he made to 2 components of structure; to begin with his secular, household structure, together with the extraordinary Casa Milá; and secondly his designs and accomplished constructions for the Church, equivalent to the Episcopal palace in Astorga. the ultimate chapters additionally offer a survey of that spans a lot of Gaudí's existence, yet focused on the only hand at the constructions developed for his shopper Eusebio Güell and at the different the huge and international well known church of the Sagrada Familia. serious research is accessible of every of his structures with the purpose to spot the improvement of his unique architectural type.
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Extra info for Antoni Gaudí (Temporis Collection)
The most finished drawing shows a figure standing by a lamppost that was intended to be nearly twenty metres high. It looks dramatically different to the previous designs. 34. Plaza Real, Lamppost. 58 At the base there is an ornamental garden, which would no doubt have set the tone of colour for the work which the drawing suggests would have been painted. In addition it was adorned with metal shields of Catalonia and the names of famous Catalan admirals. History and politics are at the heart of these displays of modern technology.
Although Gaudí never touched alcohol and was a strict vegetarian it did not prevent him from contributing to what must be a masterpiece in the bar designs of the period. The façade designed by José Puig i Cadafalch is a large kidney shape, supported by a wide central pillar with glass doors either side. In the only remaining photograph the scale of the window is striking and the graceful curve that surrounds it creates an effect of an elegant urban cave. On the pillar there is a modernista sculpture of a nymph-like figure with a brimming cup by Eusebi Arnau.
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. An example of the range of work taken on by Gaudí’s workshop and the quality of it is seen in the furniture he designed. The Marquis de Comillas, one of Gaudí’s wealthiest patrons, commissioned a series of works for a private chapel.
Antoni Gaudí (Temporis Collection) by Jeremy Roe