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To: PetroniusMaximus; OneWorldTory; AAABEST
Let's balance the stark Passion Facade sculptures with those of the Nativity Facade.


Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph

If you don't like the Passion Facade (and you have every right not to), enter through the east doors.

See post 17 for more worthless thoughts.

18 posted on 06/05/2005 9:00:02 PM PDT by Aristotle721 (The Recovering Choir Director - www.cantemusdomino.net/blog)
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To: Aristotle721; PetroniusMaximus
The Nativity facade is my favorite. I love how it looks as if it simply grew, perhaps built by intelligent sea creatures, who lovingly took the statues of the Holy Family and incorporated them into their own designs .... (Okay, I'm getting a trifle fanciful here, but Gaudi's work inspires fancy!)

Gaudi died (run down by a trolley, poor man!) before he had finished the designs for the western facade. Therefore the Passion facade designs are an "interpretation" of his work, and yes, obviously they were colored by modernism, which isn't to everyone's taste. However, having been to the cathedral, I can honestly report that these raw, angular sculptures are MUCH better in person. In photos, they can look too rough and unfinished. In person, their size and angular design give them a majesty that does not show up well in photos. Again, if you are ever anywhere near Barcelona, do take the opportunity to view the cathedral and judge for yourself.

My favorite work of Gaudi's is his Casa Mila, an apartment building which incorporates natural forms such as seashells, as well as fantastic forms, like the chimney pots on the roof that are said to be the inspiration for George Lucas's Startrooper helmets. My favorite part of that building is, of all things, the attic! As I recall, it was made to be used by the building's laundry, but the arches and design are incredibly beautiful. Walking through the attic is like being inside something constructed by intelligent insects. (The attic has since been converted into a museum of his work.) Here's a shot of the attic:

And a shot of the chimney pots, etc. on the roof of that building.

19 posted on 06/05/2005 11:53:57 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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