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Gaudí : a biography

Author: Gijs Van Hensbergen
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2003, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Perennial edView all editions and formats
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At the time of his death in 1926, Antoni Gaudi was arguably the most famous architect in the world. He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture, which were as exotic as they were outrageous. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the Surrealists. This masterful biography brings both man and architect  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Antoni Gaudí; Antoni Gaudí
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gijs Van Hensbergen
ISBN: 0060935634 9780060935634
OCLC Number: 53463314
Description: xxxix, 322 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 'People of space and circumstance' --
Voices in the desert --
City of marvels --
The architectural apprentice --
View of heaven and the harem --
The holy fathers --
Towards a new Jerusalem --
In paradisum --
The house of bones --
The beleaguered fort --
The sheltering cave --
Storm clouds --
The setmana tragica --
A thrown pebble --
'Symbols dense as trees' --
The cathedral of the poor.
Responsibility: Gijs van Hensbergen.

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At the time of his death in 1926, Antoni Gaudi was arguably the most famous architect in the world. He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture, which were as exotic as they were outrageous. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the Surrealists. This masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona and Catalonia. Gijs van Hensbergen leads us through the design and construction of Gaudi's most significant buildings--revealing their innovation and complexity, and demonstrating the growing relevance of Gaudi's architecture today.

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