The Odd Couple in Barcelona: Anton Gaudi & Robert Hughes

by Tom McGuire

"What is that?"  I wondered the first time I saw it. I should have asked the name. I later found it out: the Church of the Holy Family or La Sagrada Familia. It was 1985, my first time in Barcelona and while I couldn't see the church for its construction cranes, I would come to know it and its architect, Anton Gaudi well - thanks to the Australian writer, Robert Hughes.

A confraternity dedicated to Saint Joseph started La Sagrada Familia. The first stone was placed on March 1882 and is still unfinished. The very Catholic Gaudi­ said, "The work on the Sagrada Familia progre...

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