Measure of Greatness

  • La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona's famous Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family is a large Roman Catholic structure designed by architect Antoni Gaudí.
  • He envisioned it as "a wood of tree-shaped columns" with the light flooding through the stained-glass windows.
  • The architect spent more than 40 years working on La Sagrada Familia.
  • When Gaudí died in 1923, the building was about 20 percent complete.
  • Work continues. Completion of Gaudí's massive yet intricate vision is estimated to be in 2028.

The frailty of everything beautiful is one of the paradigms of our time. The artist emphasizes this by painting the church as if it were made of sand. It is supported for a moment, suspended between heaven and earth.

The church sliding into oblivion evokes other associations as well. An old French legend comes to mind. "The Sunken Cathedral" by Impressionist composer Claude Debussy creates fantastic visions as if by the sounds of an organ coming from the depths of the ocean.

So here is the main point made by the artist: beauty never dies, it is transferred from one image to another, leaving its imprint on our hearts.