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Art Nouveau Architecture



Art Nouveau Architecture
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     challenging words:    canonize, encompass, glorify, inspiration, lunatic, mythical, towers, exotic, miraculous, lifetime, originally, scaly, entire, patron, angles, unique
     content words:    Art Nouveau, Antoni Gaudi, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, Santa Coloma, Sagrada Familia, Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary


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Art Nouveau Architecture
By Colleen Messina
  

1     If you like to make castles with wet, dribbled sand, you might like a fancy kind of architecture called Art Nouveau. Curves and odd shapes made the 19th century Art Nouveau style buildings look weird and wonderful.
 
2     Art Nouveau architecture had some odd characters at the helm, too. Antoni Gaudi lived in Barcelona, Spain, and he had unique talents. He was both a great architect and a fervent Catholic. Catholics tried to canonize him, but since he didn't perform any miracles, he could not become a saint. Gaudi became known around the world for his miraculous buildings instead. He was brilliant, and he tried to glorify God in his work. When he became an architect, the man who signed his title reportedly said, "I have either found a lunatic or a genius." Locals still call him the patron saint of Barcelona.
 
3     Art Nouveau was originally the name of a shop in Paris in 1895. The name spread to encompass an entire art movement. Art Nouveau buildings have curls, swirls, and flowery patterns...and almost no straight lines. This made the buildings look like they came out of a fairy tale. The buildings also have parabolas and hyperbolas in them. Their shapes often imitate water waves or the curls in hair. Art Nouveau took its inspiration from nature.

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