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 Today's journey takes us to the beautiful capital of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, the city that's home to the cathedral of María Inmaculada, a delight for all gargoyle lovers. This visit is going to take more than one post because,...read more
Art History and Research I'd like to devote this post to a fascinating subject, which runs through all my research and is deeply connected to the world of gargoyles. I'm referring to the monster, not only as a form but as a concept throughout history. Venturing...read more
History and Research. Images of Gargoyles In today's post we're returning to the wonderful city of Bruges to discover a few more of its gargoyles. Immersed in its atmosphere of magical, fairy-tale architecture, once again we find magnificent gargoyles jutting out...read more
Art History In a previous post I talked about expressiveness in images of gargoyles. There’s no doubt that one of the most intriguing, surprising and attractive aspects of gargoyles are the gestures and expressions of these fascinating, impressive figures. One of the...read more
Today we're going to Luxembourg to discover some of its gargoyles, specifically the ones on the National Library. The Luxembourg National Library was founded in 1899, replacing the Municipal Library dating back to 1798. In addition to holding a huge number of books,...read more
Art History Today's post is about the portrayal of nakedness in gargoyles. In his book on the history of the body in the Middle Ages, the great French Medievalist Jacques Le Goff (1924-2014) tells us that the Roman Empire already exercised containment in terms of...read more
In our discussion of the various types of gargoyles, animal monsters were included in our classification. Animal monsters are hybrid creatures that come from the combination of various animal body parts, and they tend to be fantastical and incredible creations....read more
Today's post is about one of the most interesting sets of gargoyles I've discovered on my latest trips. They are the gargoyles on the Parish Church of San Pedro in the magnificent town of Gata in the lovely province of Cáceres. And by magnificent I don't mean big,...read more
Today’s entry is devoted to the gargoyles of the Burghers’ Lodge (Poortersloge) in Bruges, a magnificent building situated in the Jan van Eyck Square. From the 15th century the Lodge was a meeting place for the burghers of Bruges. In the 18th and 19th centuries it...read more
Art History and Research Following on from the last post about gastrocephalic devils and the snake as an animal linked to the idea of good and evil, this post begins by talking about images of the devil in woman's form. The depiction of the devil in gargoyles is not...read more
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