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Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) incorporates two drawings by Antoni Gaudí to its collection

21-02-2020   Barcelona

The drawings by Antoni Gaudí, which represent the exterior and interior of the Colonia Güell’s Church in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, allow us to approach Gaudí’s architectural conception. The documents of incalculable value, also show Gaudí’s technical conception, experimentation and ingenious solutions aimed at overcoming Gothic structures, reducing columns and buttresses.

The two sketches, dated between 1908 and 1910, are painted on top of an inverted photograph of the mock-up of the church, by sculptor Vicente Villarrubias. From the negatives, enlargements were made on photographic paper, and on top of these extensions, Gaudí drew the outer elevation and an interior view of the church.

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