Hamblin & Peterson: Remaking, modernizing Christian architecture…; William Hamblin & Daniel Peterson; Deseret News

Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

Among the few successful attempts to modernize medieval and baroque Catholic art and architecture is Antoni Gaudí’s Basilica de la Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family), in Barcelona, Spain. Gaudí (1852-1926) was one of the leading figures of the “Modernisme” (modernism) movement in architecture. He was a devoted Catalán nationalist, and nearly all his buildings are in his beloved Barcelona. His work includes seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Park Güell, and the Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens apartment buildings.

But his universally recognized masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. He worked on his cathedral for 43 years until his death in 1926. Although the cathedral remains unfinished today —and hence almost perpetually marred by ugly scaffolding and cranes — it is still a stunning work of architecture. In Catholic terminology, the holy family refers to Jesus, Mary and Joseph, specifically in relation to the New Testament stories and later Catholic legends related to the Nativity, flight to Egypt and Jesus’ youth in Nazareth.

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