Art and History


Musée des Augustins (Toulouse, France)

My passion for art and history led me to start a History of Art degree at the Madrid Complutense University in 2002.

After graduating in 2008, I set out on a PhD at the same university, at the Department of History of Art I (Medieval) of the College of Geography and History, with the Doctoral Programme “The Sacred and the Profane in the Medieval World”.

Since September 2015, I am a Doctor in History of Art with the Thesis: Approach to the study of gargoyles of the Gothic cathedrals of Castilla y León, a PhD thesis directed by Prof. Dr. D. Santiago Manzarbeitia Valle, Staff Professor of the Complutense University, the viva voce presentation of which was delivered on 18 September with the grade of Excellent Cum Laude.



Salamanca Cathedral

While I was at university, I discovered my fascination for medieval art and I embarked on the PhD, I reconciled my studies with other activities connected to my work.

In October 2010, I attended (not-for-credit), the Seminars entitled “Monsters in Literature and Art”, organised jointly by the Department of Classical Philology and Indo-European Linguistics (College of Philology) and the Department of History of Art I (College of Geography and History) of the Madrid Complutense University.





Monasterio Dengfeng (China)

Dengfeng Monastery (China)


Gárgolas Dolores Herrero

Batalha Monastery (Portugal)





February 2019

Las gárgolas del Monasterio de Batalha  [The Gargoyles in the Batalha Monastery] (February 22 and 23, 2019). Conference paper presented during the International Congress “A hidráulica em edifícios monumentais” which was held at the Batalha Monastery (Portugal).

November 2018

Fantastic Animals in Gargoyles (2018, November 12, 13, 19 and 20). Presentation at the International Seminar “Animales fantásticos y dónde encontrarlos en la Edad Media [Fantastic animals and where to find them in the Middle Ages]”. CAPIRE Research Group, Complutense University of Madrid. Given on November 20 in the Faculty of Geography and History of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).

October 2018

The Gargoyles at the National Palace in Mafra. Research Project (October 25, 26, 27, 2018). Conference paper presented during the 3rd International Congress on Water which was held at the University of Vigo (Spain).

June 2018

Las gárgolas del Palacio Nacional de Mafra [The Gargoyles in the National Palace at Mafra] (June 21, 2018). Presentation in the 22nd National Congress of Art History – CEHA (Spanish Committee of Art History) – (June 19-22, 2018): “Vestir la Arquitectura”. The congress took place at the University of Burgos (Spain).

April 2018

Las gárgolas del Palacio Nacional de Mafra: El diseño geométrico como ornamentación [The Gargoyles in the National Palace at Mafra: Geometric Design as Ornamentation] (April 26, 2018). Presentation in the 1st Seminar Projecto AquaMafra: “A Água no Real Edifício de Mafra: Circulação de Conhecimento”, organised by ARTIS – Institute of Art History at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lisbon and by the Palacio Nacional de Mafra – General Directorate of Cultural Heritage. The seminar was held in the National Palace at Mafra (Portugal).

October 2016

Las Gárgolas [The Gargoyles] (October 7, 2016). Presentation given in the 5th Conference on Urban Art, Literature and Gothic Culture organized by the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Autónoma University of Madrid, The Besarilia Cultural Association and the Mentenebre Cultural Association. The conference took place at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).

June 2015

Las gárgolas de la Catedral Nueva de Salamanca [The Gargoyles in the New Cathedral at Salamanca] (June 26, 2015). Presentation given at the 5th International Medieval Meeting Lleida. University of Lleida (Spain).


Gárgolas Dolores Herrero

National Palace in Mafra (Portugal)

Gárgolas Dolores Herrero

Batalha Monastery (Portugal)














June 2018

Gárgolas del Bajo Aragón (II). Torre del Compte“, Aragón turístico y monumental, Año 93, nº 384 (2018), pp. 28-30.

December 2017

Gárgolas del Bajo Aragón (I). La Fresneda”, Aragón turístico y monumental, Año 92, nº 383 (2017), pp. 20-22.

July 2017

“Las gárgolas”, Herejía y Belleza. Literature, Arts & Visuals, nº 5 (2017), pp. 68-82.  

December 2016

La gárgola en el mundo hispano bajomedieval”, Revista de Iconografía Medieval, vol. VIII, nº 16 (2016), pp. 67-99. e-ISSN: 2254-853X.






Research Project AquaBatalha (2018-2019).

Research Project AquaMafra – “A Água no Palácio de Mafra: Olhares sobre 300 anos de História” (FCG 209399) (January 2018 – July 2019).


Catedral de Burgos

Burgos Cathedral

Catedral Burgo de Osma

El Burgo de Osma Cathedral

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