Art Historian, Gargoyle specialist.

Passionate about gargoyles

“Every time I approach a building with gargoyles, I am spellbound. These stony creatures, like silent onlookers, have always fascinated me.

Gargoyles are full of life. They are constantly changing before our gaze and watching us from above over the centuries”.

Dedicated to the research, study and collection of gargoyles.

Traveling, observer, writer, methodical worker, persevering and experienced in field work.

Heritage Conservation

She is aware of the importance of encouraging, motivating and involving new historians and researchers in the study and conservation of the gargoyles in our country.

“As a historian and, above all, lover of art and our historical heritage, I am concerned about the conservation of gargoyles. Each of our gargoyles is an individual work of art, deserving to be studied and protected”.


“Devoted to research, study and compilation of gargoyles. A traveller, observer, writer, methodical worker, perseverant and experienced in the field. “After having the privilege to see them close up and even touch them, I regard and admire them even more. Every time I see a gargoyle at close quarters, I appreciate every one of its parts, every gesture, every crack, every shape or style. It is as if the stone was talking to me and as if the figure was revealing an age with its methods of creation, thinking and living. In all my travels across Europe, China and the United States, I find new gargoyles to continue enriching my work”.

My blog of gargoyles

Latest articles published on the blog ...

The Devil and his Portrayal in Gargoyles II

  We continue with devilish symbolism and its portrayal in gargoyles and, after having seen the most common features of iconography of the devil in my first post, we’re now going to look at some other interesting aspects. Apart from the images of the devil himself,...

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Gargoyles on La Maison du Roi in Brussels

  Today's journey takes us to Belgium for the first time, specifically to the beautiful city of Brussels, where we can gaze at one of the most wonderful and outstanding squares in the world, the Grand Place. Today's gargoyles can be found on one of the square's...

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The Devil and his Portrayal in Gargoyles I

Art History This post starts the study of one of the most fascinating figures decorating gargoyles. It's none other than the devil himself, an ever present and essential image on churches and cathedrals, and one we also see on other buildings in civil architecture.  ...

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Gargoyles at the University in El Burgo de Osma (Spain)

    Art History and Research The University of Santa Catalina in El Burgo de Osma (Soria) was founded by the bishop and benefactor Pedro Álvarez de Acosta (1539-1563) with the idea of setting up the first centre of learning in the province of Soria. Building work on...

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The Eagle and its Portrayal in Gargoyles

  Art History and Research Together with the lion and the dog, the eagle is one of the three real animals most often depicted in gargoyles. We saw the symbolism of the lion and the dog in previous posts. Today we're going to talk about the eagle, the king of birds....

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Gargoyles on the Seu Vella in Lleida

  Art History and Research On our last trip to Girona, where we enjoyed a beautiful rainy day and were able to watch the water pouring out of the gargoyles on the cathedral, we embarked on a study and compilation of gargoyles in Catalonia (Spain). Today's post is...

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Santiago Manzarbeitia Valle

In short, the gargoyle is our other self, the monster fed by medieval fantasy and that the stonemasons shaped creating an imagery of hybrid creatures with a strange nature and disquieting spirit. Lola Herrero has been on the rooftops of our cathedrals to record and classify the gargoyles, and she took them on and managed to interpret these versatile scours of medieval meanderings”.

Staff Professor of the Department of History of Art I (Medieval)
College of Geography and History of the Madrid Complutense University
Director of the PhD Thesis of Dolores Herrero

Matilde Azcárate Luxán

“Throughout her professional career, Lola Herrero has demonstrated a zeal and eagerness, and no challenges or circumstances could dampen the enthusiasm for her work. I had the honour of participating as a member of the assessment committee of her PhD thesis at the Madrid Complutense University, on the gargoyles of the Gothic cathedrals of Castilla y León, where she evinced her rigour and clear commitment to all of her work and, most particularly, the extensive photography archive presented in an exemplary way.”

Staff Professor of History of Art
Department of History of Art I (Medieval)
College of Geography and History of the Madrid Complutense University

Sira Gadea

“Lola is an analytical art historian, with work capacity, initiative and who is very able to work in a team given her high levels of empathy, and these are qualities, together with her special sensitivity, that allow her to pursue historical-artistic research, always exceeding all of the targets she sets herself. Moreover, her enthusiasm for her profession makes it easy for her to convey her love and respect for historical-artistic heritage, as she is aware that the more people know about it, the more it will be appreciated”.

Art Historian and writer of blog Viajar con el Arte

Ana Santamaría

“Lola and I completed a large part of the History of Art degree together. I have always admired, on the one hand, her ease for synthesis when setting out the main research lines to pursue when she seeks to study a topic and, on the other, her ease for the subsequent analytical development of the theme. Not forgetting, of course, the passion and hard work that she puts into anything she undertakes to do. This combination of skills is rounded off with easy and enjoyable writing that conveys the enthusiasm she feels for her work to all readers”.

PhD in History of Art and Diploma in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets


Alicia Rodés

“The gargoyles of Lola Herrero are to architecture what Erwin Panofsky is to image. Her work is essential to understand our art”.

Art Historian


Cristina Cerezales

“Lola Herrero has brought us closer to these mysterious gargoyles that inhabit cathedrals, sometimes peeping out of places beyond the gaze of ordinary visitors. This work is so rigorous and thorough that it is solely possible to do it the way she has: driven on by passion. The result of these years of work is of inestimable value, both for iconography scholars and for anyone who is interested in these figures that always glimpse at us in a strange way and whose mystery we could not understand without assistance”.