Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: Hispanic Studies

First Advisor

Professor van Ginhoven Rey

Second Advisor

Dr. Lambright


This thesis explores the works of Antoni Gaudí and his inspirations, mainly focusing on religion and nationalism. It also discusses the periods of art of the late 1800s to the early 1900s that allowed him to be free in his work, which led him to be a successful modern architect. The introduction discusses scared architecture and the beginning of modernism in Barcelona, where Gaudí did the most of his work. In the first chapter, the role of religion, nationalism, and art in the early life of Gaudí is presented and how they will later be fundamental influences in his life. The second chapter presents the formation of modernisme, Catalan modernism, and discusses some of his famous works and how they represent his traditional values and modern art. In the third chapter, the focus will be the Sagrada Familia and its construction, history, and future, and its role in Gaudí’s life. In the conclusion there will be a summary of the findings and a look at the future of the architecture of Gaudí, such as in Chile. The final product shows that through his work, Gaudí makes religious symbols more modern, while traditionalizing modern architecture; this makes him a representative of Dos Españas because he is a devout Catalan nationalist, but also a traditional Catholic.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies.