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Gaudi: The Life of a Visionary

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published 1999 by Edicions de 1984
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Nico Genes
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gaudí's work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion.

Gaudí's work enjoys global popularity and continuing admiration and study by architects. His masterpiece, the still-incomplete Sagrada Família, is the most-visited monument in Spain. Barcelona would never be what it is without Gaudi.

Visiting Barcelona and the beautiful creations of Gaudi, I came across this book in a gift shop in Parc Guell. The more I walked around the streets of the Catalonian capital, the
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, biography
I picked up this little biography of the great Catalan architect/artist at a gift shop in Barcelona’s Parc Guell. The book delivered exactly what I hoped that it would: a short, concise discussion of his life and art, done in an intelligent manner, and with a sufficient number of illustrations. Gaudi has always been an artistic hero of mine. The concrete manifestations of his brilliant imagination turned out to be as wonderful to behold in real life as they were when I first saw them in photos. ...more
May 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
The life of Gaudí in Catalunia. I'm fascinated by Gaudí's art, but this book was actually quite boring! ...more
Ad Samad
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
A light reading—an introduction to the life of Antoni Gaudi.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Found this book in the gift store at La Sagrada Familia and just lived it! Short but very sweet. The subtitle, “Life of a Visionary” sums up the basic approach of the book. Who was this man who created such a unique architectural vision? “For Gaudi, the theory of architecture was inseparable from the analysis of the laws of nature and of religious symbolism.” Indeed. Greet noon!
Camellia Schwartzman
It took me a while to read this tiny book. The book was thoroughly researched and I just found it boring in parts. I learned about his life and it is actually a sad story. After visiting Barcelona a few years back I picked this book up in the Sagrada Familia bookshop. I finally read it this year and I’m glad that I have finished it.
Larada Horner-Miller
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful biography of Antoni Gaudi, an architect, a dreamer and complicated soul. After visiting Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia, I had to learn more about the man behind that amazing structure.
Oana-Maria Uliu
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Informative on one hand, not so much on the other. The author implies that certain details are important, but doesn't explain how or why. I'm not sure if one of the photos in the book really represents Gaudi, because the shape of his nose is different. ...more
Sharayu Gangurde
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art-architecture
A short read, somehow the book lags on why Antoni Gaudi was called a Visionary! Seven of his works are declared as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. There's rarely any mention of his design philosophy or ideology or inspiration in the book. I was ecstatic to read something about the master of Organic architecture and sculpture, but it has none! The book celebrates more details of his contacts with the powerful in the society and less of his involvement with the art! It could have been so much more ...more
Sile Li
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, art
Just quote here from Gaudi: "The fact that they have not been applied before and that I am the first to do so has made me think a lot. This would be the only thing that, in any case, would make me hesitate. Nevertheless, I believe that, convinced as I am of the perfection they represent, it is my duty to apply them." <3 ...more
Timothy Widman
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
While generally a gloss on Antoni Gaudi's life, this book does a wonderful job bringing him to life. It is full of first hand accounts, testimonies and anecdotes, which poignantly portray the struggles, triumphs and faith of an ingenious architect. ...more
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