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Gijs van Hensbergen
The Sagrada Familia

(La Sagrada Familia)

Biographies and Personalities / Commercial Non-Fiction

  • Published: 09/06/2016
  • ISBN: 9788401347139
  • 256 pages

A suggestive essay on the great work of Antoni Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia. Antoni Gaudí is probably one of the most misunderstood architects in history. Using a slow and painstaking method, Gijs van Hensbergen has put together the complete biography of one of the most emblematic buildings of the last one hundred and fifty years: from its humble beginnings as an expiatory church to the construction of a cathedral with eighteen towers up to 170 meters high, which is scheduled to be concluded in 2026.

About the author

Gijs Van Hensbergen is of Dutch origin and resides in Dorset, England. He’s a professor of architecture, an art historian, a food critic and a Hispanist. He has published A Guide to Art Deco Style (1986), The Encyclopedia of Decorative Styles. 1850-1955, the travel guide A Taste of Castille (1992), Antoni Gaudí y Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon. His relationship with Spain, which he has visited frequently and where he’s spent many seasons, dates back a long time and is also the origin of his interest in the life and works of Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí.