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In questa pagina: A.Gaudí, Voyeuse de la casa Calvet, legno dorato, ferro e velluto di seta, 1900. On this page: A.Gaudí, Voyeuse of the House of Calvet, gilt wood, iron and silk velvet, 1900.

sustained by a basic intuition, is verified on the field. At the time, a number of craftsmen were operating on the territory (carpenters, ceramists, blacksmiths, plaster artists, masons), who were entrusted with the execution of works that the architect very often had only sketched: this implied the continuous presence of the author, who not only indicated the procedures of execution, but sometimes worked personally in a continuous dialogue and exchange of opinions with his collaborators. We find then, an organism that recalls the medieval workshops, as the object (chairs, armchairs, benches, stone seats, lamps, railings, gates, etc.), but also more extensively, the construction are the fruit of building with modifications and adjustments made moment by moment during the work process, that makes the softness, roughness and smoothness of the handiworks tactile, revealing their internal structure entrusted to the skills and the manual abilities of the craftsmen and to intelligent repetition able to improve the product. It is also true that today a strong request for imagination and sensuousness is rising, which can find a favorable outcome in manual skills. Remembering the characterizing element: Gaudí’s relationship with his artisans, taken in the moment of executing, it seems pertinent to quote a statement made by Riccardo Dalisi, who during a study precisely on Gaudí, affirmed that “Craftsmanship can be redeemed and projected to the modern era, linking it to those concomitant roots that unite gestures, movement, research and pure rhythm”.

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Italian Magazien about crafts

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Italian Magazien about crafts

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