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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Architects are less frequently seen in art prints than painters, but the likes of Gaudi, Ghiberti and Brunelleschi can be found in homes right across the world.

Professional photographers have been attracted to the city of Barcelona for centuries and the architecture of Gaudi remains one of the cultural highlights of this vibrant location. The excellent climate also allows light to flood the streets and ensure even an amateur photographer can produce some extraordinary scenes around the city. The dream-like qualities of Gaudi's buildings then make stunning prints that can add some colour and flair to your home. Many different angles can be found, you may even have visited some of these venues yourself and be looking to remember that through an art print. Indeed, some of these buildings now have small shops that sell their own copies that you might be interested, with any proceeds going to the foundations that help to preserve these wonderful examples of architecture.

Gaudi was a major part of the Catalan Modernist movement which developed new ideas for architectural designs and challenged some of the 'rules' that had previously been followed. Such innovation was not without criticism at the time but history has looked down fondly on this group of creative types, seeing their role as significant within the late 19th and early 20th century. Most visiting his buildings across Barcelona will enjoy the aesthetic value but without knowing the importance of some of his modern ideas - this is part of the downside of reaching the masses. It is only the purists who will be aware of the importance of specific features within his famous architectural creations such as La Sagrada Familia, Casa Vicens and Casa Batlló. Some tourists may even develop an interest in architecture for the first time after coming across some of the highlights of his career.

This architect was a modernist whose contemporary style is best suited to similarly modern styled homes. His work will actually appeal to a variety of people with different tastes, but in terms of hanging your artwork it is best within a minimalist type interior. A simple frame and inlay mat can help to separate the print or photograph from the its supporting elements and also help the colour to stand out. Colour and form were the architect's memorable features and a professionally-taken photograph can help to carry these across into printed form. You can normally find a good choice of different frames available, with different thicknesses and materials to pick from. A simple wooden frame will normally suffice, perhaps in white, depending on the colour of the wall on which it is to be placed. Others with smaller budgets may prefer large posters instead, particularly students who may need to decorate a number of rooms in a short space of time. Without a frame, prices will be much lower, shipping easier to arrange, but their longterm condition will be less protected.

There is a good variety of photographs of buildings by Gaudi, with some prefering a more overall scene of the city of Barcelona, without too much focus on a specific element of the cityscape. Others will want to see more detail on a particular structure, perhaps even just focusing on a single part of it. Such as the level of detail used by this architect, that much can be enjoyed by drilling down into the individual elements of each design. For example, way beyond just the exterior facades of his buildings, you should also take a look around inside to find all manner of other artistic additions, including sculpture, furniture and interior design. Therefore we can differentiate between tourists of Barcelona who may desire a general print of the city's architecture and then a more detailed interest into specific aspects of Gaudi's work. In fact, some may be interested in both and have prints placed next to each other in the same room.

Antoni Gaudi Prints