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Antoni Gaudí

  • One of the last photographs of the architect Antonio Gaudí, taken during the Corpus Christi procession. Barcelona, 1926 © EFE

    One of the last photographs of the architect Antonio Gaudí, taken during the Corpus Christi procession. Barcelona, 1926 © EFE

  

Speciality

Architecture

 

 

Date of birth

Jun 25, 1852

Date of death

Jun 10, 1926
  


"Architect. He was the key figure of modernist architecture in Spain. He also designed the decorative elements that formed part of his constructions.
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Born in Reus (Tarragona) in 1852, he was trained as an architect at the Provincial School of Barcelona. He worked with Josep Fontseré on the construction of the church of Montserrat and the Cascade in the Parque de la Ciudadela park in Barcelona. La Casa Vicens was his first major construction, and showed a clear Islamic influence. The influence of Muslim architecture is also evident in "El capricho" (1883), a villa located in Comillas (Santander). His relationship with Joan Martorell allowed him to begin the direction of what was to be his monumental work, the Sagrada Familia Church, in 1883. He dedicated 43 years of his life to it. At the same time he designed the Güell Park, the Casa Batlló and “La Pedrera”, all notable examples of his art. He died in Barcelona on 10 June, 1926.
 

Essential works

  • Crypt of the basilica of La Sagrada Familia. Barcelona © Pep Daudé. Basilica of La Sagrada Familia

    Crypt of the basilica of La Sagrada Familia

    The Nativity façade and Crypt of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together with another six works by Antoni Gaudí. It contains the tomb of the famous architect.

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  • Detail of the Portada del Nacimiento façade. The Basilica of La Sagrada Familia. Barcelona

    Nativity façade of the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia

    It was completed in 1905 and Antoni Gaudí was directly involved in its construction. The Nativity façade and Crypt of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together with another six works by Antoni Gaudí.

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  • Casa Calvet house. Barcelona © Turespaña

    Casa Calvet House

    Prize given to the best finished 19th century building.

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  • Confidente. Barcelona © National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

    Confidente

    This is a piece of furniture conceived as a work of art, albeit without forsaking its utility, which sublimates the prolific, inventive capacity of the architect, Gaudí.

    National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) (Barcelona)

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  • Front view of main façade of the Casa Milà, or 'La Pedrera'. Barcelona © Turespaña

    Works by Antoni Gaudí.

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