Gargoyles. Art, history, study and observation.
Here is a bit of the passion I feel for these wonderful works of art.
Studying, researching and observing gargoyles is an essential aspect of my daily work. Therefore, with this section I want to share with you some of these moments of study.
Art History and Research This post continues with the portrayal of the devil in gargoyles, one of their predominant themes. In Christian iconography, the snake is linked with the idea of evil and the devil. “Every creature that moves along the ground is to be...read more
In today's post we're off to Belgium to see some gargoyles in the beautiful city of Bruges (Belgium). Apart from the wonderful gargoyles on major buildings such as the City Hall, the Burghers' Lodge (Poortersloge) and the Provincial Palace (Provinciaal Hof), which...read more
Los Ausines (Burgos) is home to one of the treasures of our Romanesque period, none other than the church belonging to the old Castilian monastery of San Quirce. The monastery is said to have legendary origins. According to tradition, it was founded in 929 by the...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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. ...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
Art History and Research. Images of Gargoyles To continue with the post on unusual animals that appear in images of gargoyles, I invite you to discover some more real animals that are every bit as surprising and peculiar as the first one I'm showing you today: the...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
On one of the fabulous trips in Portugal, we went to Tomar, a lovely city that’s home to one of the most magnificent and beautiful monument sites in our neighbouring country, the Convent of Christ. Its gargoyles are extraordinary and the architecture is superb. The...read more
“What do they mean, those long-necked gargoyles who howl from the heights?... No time and no people have ever conceived more terrible spectres; they are part wolf, part caterpillar, part bat. They are realistic in a way that makes them more frightening. In the garden...read more
In tribute to Anglo-Saxon gargoyles, my latest post invites you to discover some of the gargoyles on the cathedral in Cork, one of the prettiest places in the beautiful, welcoming country of Ireland. The magnificent St. Fin Barre's cathedral in Cork that you see...read more
We're combining art and history once again to link magnificent gargoyle sculptures with the history of the symbolism of the figures they most commonly depict. We've already looked at the symbolism of the lion, which, together with eagles and dogs, are the animals you...read more