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THE GARGOYLES IN THE LOGE DE MER AT PERPIGNAN


On our trip to Perpignan, in France, this summer, we discovered some fabulous gargoyles in the city. On a stroll round Place de la Loge we saw the fantastic Loge de Mer, a medieval building dating from 1397 and extended in 1540, which was used for activities connected with maritime trade. A magnificent example of

THE LION AND ITS PORTRAYAL IN GARGOYLES


Bestiaries are one of the main sources for understanding the symbolic meaning of animals. They reveal the symbolism of these creatures as well as their positive and negative powers. The portrayals refer to these powers and in many cases they serve to symbolise human virtues and defects. In animal iconography, it’s accepted that the animals

TYPES OF GARGOYLES


Generally speaking, gargoyles can be classified into three kinds of figures, humans, animals and monsters. It’s difficult to establish an exact classification of all kinds of gargoyles, as one figure may belong to one or more types. Fantastical or mythological gargoyle figures may be included in the monster category, sometimes they may even fall into

GARGOYLES IN THE HISTORY OF ART


  Looking at them as a passer-by, I’ve always been really attracted to gargoyles.  This is undoubtedly the main reason why I chose to write a PhD thesis on them. However, as an art historian, I’m passionate about art in general, especially medieval art. Historians usually have a passion for study and research. When I

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