Antoni Gaudí

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Gaudí in 1878

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) was a Spanish architect born in Reus, in the Catalonia region of Spain and leader of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.

After a few years with the help of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Gaudí's Roman Catholic faith intensified during his life and religious images permeate his work. This earned him the nickname "God's Architect"[1] and eventually led to his beatification in 2011.[2][3][4]

His work became mainstream Modernisme, causing an organic style inspired by nature. Gaudí rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as three-dimensional scale models and molding the details as he was conceiving them.

Gaudí was born on 25 June 1852 in Rues, Catalonia, Spain. Gaudí died on 10 June 1926 in Barcelona, Spain from an illness, aged 73.

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  1. Tremlett, Giles (11 July 2003). "God's architect on road to sainthood". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62TShf910. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. ""God's architect" on the path to sainthood". The Times (UK). 9 November 2009. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62TSkoTmC. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  3. Klettner, Andrea (4 November 2010). "Pope's visit could fast-track Gaudí sainthood". Bdonline.co.uk. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/62TSpVTde. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  4. (Puig i Tàrrech 2010, p. 66)

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