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Gaudi by Gijs van Hensbergen
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Dec 27, 10


Antoni Gaudi is to Barcelona as Charles Rennie Mackintosh is to Glasgow: speak ill of them in their respective 'hood at your peril. In each case, their work fell somewhat out of favor following their death, but in each case, again, their reputations have risen to saint-like proportions. Gaudi has also taken several significant steps toward literal sainthood in the Roman church.

Hensbergen's exemplary biography is among the most cogent, insightful writings about the architect's life. Gaudi's work and his close working relationships with collaborators are each illuminated. It also sets Gaudi distinctly apart from practically every other architect of the Art Nouveau period--his intense religiosity. I call this book essential reading for anyone interested in Catalunya and its architectural native son.
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