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 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 today...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
Some temples in Asia have magnificent sets of gargoyles, not just in terms of superb carving but also with a very interesting iconography that tells us about the culture and traditions of the fascinating countries on the Asian continent. Many of these gargoyles depict...read more
Gargoyles provoke all sorts of reactions and feelings when we look at them, and not just because of the figures they depict, but also because most of them are strikingly expressive. Functionality aside, gargoyles are pure image. Ugliness is one of the characteristics...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
We're embarking on a journey through the prodigious world of gargoyles, those fascinating creatures who've been gazing down at us from the tops of buildings for centuries. However, in this first post, we'll be starting from the beginning. And that means explaining...read more