DOLORES HERRERO

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”.

Research

“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 ...

Gargoyles in Martín Muñoz de las Posadas

  Art History and Research In today's post I'll be presenting the gargoyles on the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in the town of Martín Muñoz de las Posadas, in the province of Segovia. When you arrive in the Plaza Mayor (the town’s main square) you come across...

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Unusual Animals in Gargoyle Imagery I

Art History and Research In addition to the figures of the lion, the dog and the eagle – the most commonly depicted animals in gargoyles – you can sometimes find depictions of other real animals, making unusual and unique gargoyle images that attract and fascinate...

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GARGOYLES IN QUITO

  My first post on our beloved Latin America is dedicated to Ecuador. I invite you to enjoy the fascinating gargoyles on the Voto Nacional Basilica in Quito, amazing figures that my son Manuel discovered on one of his many trips around the world, where he sometimes...

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THE GARGOYLE AS A WORK OF ART AND A MUSEUM EXHIBIT

As a tribute to our beloved gargoyles, I want to dedicate this post to a discussion of the gargoyle as a work of art and a museum exhibit. Studying and compiling gargoyles involves tackling a series of difficulties. This fact could be the reason why, up to now, this...

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THE GARGOYLES OF LIMOUX

Limoux, the town featured in today's post, is in France, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The town is split in two by the Aude river. Limoux is home to Saint-Martin church, a magnificent monument with some beautiful gargoyles. The town grew around the church, which...

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THE DRAGON AND ITS SYMBOLISM

Both in the field work we did for my thesis and on other trips in search of gargoyles, from time to time we've been lucky enough to come across a few images of the dragon gargoyle. Today I invite you to venture with me into the world of one of the most well-known,...

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Testimonials

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”.

Writer