Unfinished Art Antonio Gaudi's Church of the Holy Family

About the unfinished work of art Antonio Gaudi's Church of the Holy Family, history and description of the piece.

RENOWNED UNFINISHED WORKS FROM THE ARTS TO ARCHITECTURE

7. ANTONIO GAUDI: CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY (begun 1882)

This shell of a church, one of the landmarks of Barcelona, Spain, occupied architect Antonio Gaudi throughout his career. He inherited the project from the original architect, Francisco del Villar, in 1883, one year after construction had begun, and transformed the conventional Gothic-style cathedral into a surrealistic forest of imaginative shapes resembling natural objects. After 1910 he abandoned almost all other work, secluding himself on the church site. His work, described as the three-dimensional dreams of a madman, contains bulging facades, swaying pillars, and weird protuberances. In 1926 Gaudi, 73, was run over by a Barcelona streetcar. Only one of the 13 planned tubular towers and one transept of the church were completed when he died five days later. Although the church was brutally damaged during the Spanish Civil War, Gaudi's assistants, friends, and concerned citizens have kept the work going.

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