La Sagrada Familia was commissioned by the Order of St Joseph in 1882. Etsura Sotoo, the current sculptor who is a Japanese Catholic convert whose actual faith is unclear he explicitly linked his conversion to imitating Gaudi in order to continue the work as Gaudi would have done and who obviously does not believe Christianity's claim to exclusive truth hence his call for temples in other faith traditions. I find it interesting to contrast the obvious stunning results of Gaudi which I've visited in person twice with the inferior results produced by the modern artists asked to provide their add ons. This is the latest version of their progress. It also functionally links to the transcendent in typical Catholic style, such as by literally drawing our eyes heavenward, or by imagery such as representations of the saints that stress the unity of Christians across all space and time and the mystic union with Christ. And of the Spanish Civil War era, it only mentions Franco and his suppression of Catalonian culture. This is somewhat understandable given that the insiders are all in the tank for the project as it were.
Gaudi the devout Catholic lived under the authority of God and the Church, and literally drawing his designs from what he saw as God's superior design of nature. Despite decades of delays, thousands of artisans, laborers, and designers have contributed to the ambitious and glorious landmark. After conflicts arose between the Order and the original architect, 31 year old Antoni Gaudí was hired to complete the design. A devout Catholic and architectural prodigy, Gaudí envisioned a place of worship that combined elements of classic French Gothic style and the curvilinear, organic aspects of the budding Art Nouveau school. But I vow to go back. Google the actual history for details. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian metropolis, the documentary investigates the structural developments of the Sagrada Família while allowing the audience time to observe, perceive, and reflect upon the historical, artistic and personal significance of the basilica.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful. . The mass of the structure, the sheer intricate structural details, material used from all over planet earth in creating such architecture is simply mind boggling and unbelievable. La Sagrada Familia was commissioned by the Order of St Joseph in 1882. Especially if you did not take a tour or it has been many years. Well done documentary and an inspiration for one to insure to visit Sagrada Família and cherish human art and capability. The narration in English is not the most exciting but at least you can understand it.
At that them there was part that you could visit on a tour but the lines were so long to get in that it was a two hour or more wait and I only had the one day to visit the city. It isn't just a matter of talent or genius, though obvious Gaudi was a singular talent. Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates Gaudi's vision and the continuing work of architects as they strive to complete the colossal project while delving into the process of artistic creation in a historical context. One need not believe in God to mourn as Nietzsche did what the loss of that faith implies. Sagrada - The Mystery Of Creation Sagrada - el misteri de la creació Over 10 years ago, while on a cruise which stopped for a day in Barcelona, I wanted to see this cathedral which has been in progress for 125 years — and is still not completed. This humanism is thus ultimately anti-human, as we all clearly long for more than that contained with ourselves. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian metropolis, the documentary investigates the structural developments of the Sagrada Família while allowing the audience time to observe, perceive, and reflect upon the historical, artistic and personal significance of the basilica.
Finding a contemporary artist anywhere in the world capable of taking on this task is the biggest challenge now faced. The latter would have created a chimera of multiple styles that would nevertheless be anchored in those specific periods. One can lay the people in question out on a spectrum of sorts based on degree of religiosity: Gaudi, the devout Catholic and the obvious creative genius of the bunch. And then of course there is Subirachs. I can still highly recommend this to anyone who has visited Barcelona and seen the cathedral. It does nothing less than show the human desire to serve, to pick up where others left off, to contribute to something larger than themselves, to leave something for others to carry forward. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished.
Despite decades of delays, thousands of artisans, laborers, and designers have contributed to the ambitious and glorious landmark. You could be forgiven if you came away from this film thinking Franco destroyed Gaudi's models of Sagrada Familia. Conversely, for all their universalist rhetoric, the critics, by demanding contemporary style, sunder us from any connection to the past or future, to the people coming before or after us. They limit us only to our present moment and experience. A devout Catholic and architectural prodigy, Gaudí envisioned a place of worship that combined elements of classic French Gothic style and the curvilinear, organic aspects of the budding Art Nouveau school. Inspired by Gaudí's vision, the film explores our fundamentally human search for the meaning of existence, and the quest for creative expression.
Gaudi by contrast was a genius in that while incredibly innovative and of his era in many ways, he also designed Sagrada Familia in a recognizably Catholic style. How then is he supposed to offer us transcendent experience? It's also worth noting that same spectrum charts how these people see themselves in relationship to authority. But the former would have left it as a monumental ruin to a particular time and place. The filmmakers arranged it such that most of the external commentators were somewhat critical of the Sagrada project. Gaudi is Sotoo's, and Vila-Grau and Subirachs answer only to themselves though Vila-Grau at least took Gaudi's plans as input. Inspired by Gaudí's vision, the film explores our fundamentally human search for the meaning of existence, and the quest for creative expression.
For example, some claim the church either should not have been finished, or should have been finished via contemporary add ons. Despite the ongoing construction, La Sagrada Familia has been admired by art historians for decades. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished. For the casual person, I can only give it three star because of the subtitle issue. While the film doesn't explicitly say Franco did, it doesn't tell us who did.