Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

by Mark Burry
     
 

The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is Gaudi's undoubted masterpiece. It charts the styles the architect evolved during his career. At the crypt level a Gothic design is used, but as the building climbs towards the sky the structure passes through the Art Nouveau stage before becoming more surreal and fanciful, climaxing in its intricately carved and ceramic… See more details below

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The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is Gaudi's undoubted masterpiece. It charts the styles the architect evolved during his career. At the crypt level a Gothic design is used, but as the building climbs towards the sky the structure passes through the Art Nouveau stage before becoming more surreal and fanciful, climaxing in its intricately carved and ceramic encrusted spires. For all its apparent fantasy, however, the Sagrada Familia is rooted in sound structural principles, based on the parabolic arch and Gaudi's elaborate personal symbolism. Unfinished upon the architect's accidental death in 1926, the church is currently being completed following Gaudi's plans.

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Booknews
A largely graphic treatment of Gaudi's last work with splendid photos of the finished parts and fine reproductions of drawings of the complete conception--upon which work continues. A large, clumsy (12x12") book that jars the Gaudi-phile with large photos of the corny, graceless religious sentiments lettered in mosaic on the four completed spires. As of this writing, BiP shows the title as Sagrada Family Barcelona. Distributed by Chronicle Books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714828497
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Architecture in Detail Series
Pages:
60
Product dimensions:
11.75(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.25(d)

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