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Antonio Gaudi
A study of the way in which Gothic architecture generally influenced the aesthetic principles of the modernist architect, Antonio Gaudi.
# 46107 | 1,261 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Dec 11, 2003 in Architecture (European)

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This paper examines how Antonio Gaudi's architecture reflects many elements of Gothic architecture in its design and construction. It looks at how Gaudi's choice of using Gothic architecture was not simply a choice that was motivated by some strange aesthetic reasoning. It shows, through an analysis of Gaudi's interpretations of his work, how, in fact, he choose Gothic and Islamic influences that represented the shade and elements of the traditional architecture of Catalonia at the time, which was overwhelmingly Gothic.

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"Part of the reasoning for Gaudi's choice of a Gothic style of architecture was due to influences beyond the purely aesthetic. To be certain, he had a great reverence for Gothic art and he appreciated some its most important ideas, especially those which dealt with the issue of monumentalism and the idea of the way the piece of architecture was perceived was more important than the regular formal design of the structure itself. However, for Gaudi, at this time, there was also a very sincere political element to the structure of his design as well. At this point, the region of Spain which he was from, Catalonia, was very much engaged in a nationalist revival and had desires to separate from the rest of Spain indeed, citizens of Catalonia even speak a different language, Catalan, than the language, known as Castilian, which we normally think of as "Spanish.""

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