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.

Gargoyles and Sculpting. The Language of Stone

Gargoyles and Sculpting. The Language of Stone

  Many of us are attracted to and fascinated by gargoyles. Their monstrous, terrifying, beautiful or ugly figures astound and intrigue us. But there’s more to gargoyles than iconography and functionality. There’s something living that changes over time, something...

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Women and their Representation in Gargoyles

Women and their Representation in Gargoyles

    One of the most fascinating aspects of art, at least for me as an art historian, is the representation of women. There is sufficient material to write several theses about this enthralling subject, but here you have my brief contribution in recognition...

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Gargoyles Looking out to Sea

Gargoyles Looking out to Sea

  In this post, I want to look at some unique and exceptional gargoyles. These are unique not solely due to their type or style, but also because of their location. I am referring here to the gargoyles in the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, a jewel of Spanish...

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Gargoyles and Masks

Gargoyles and Masks

  From time to time, you come across unusual gargoyles, figures with heads and faces that look different. They’re not common, which just makes them all the more surprising and fascinating. I’m referring here to gargoyles with mask-like faces, or which are holding...

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Gargoyles Representing Death. Images of Gargoyles

Gargoyles Representing Death. Images of Gargoyles

  Death is one of the most fascinating and sublime themes and images in literature and the visual arts. Macabre figures both attract and repel us. Due to its association with certain animals and all that is demonic, ugly and monstrous, death is sometimes...

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Realism and Fantasy in Gargoyles. Aachen Cathedral

Realism and Fantasy in Gargoyles. Aachen Cathedral

  Today we’re going to Aachen, a German city that’s home to one of the most beautiful and extraordinary monuments in the world. We’re going to look at Aachen Cathedral and its magnificent Palatine Chapel, a marvel of history and art. Construction of the chapel...

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The Exuberant Beauty of Gargoyle Wings

The Exuberant Beauty of Gargoyle Wings

  As we know, most gargoyles, but especially monsters, devils and fantastical animals, commonly exhibit many characteristic features such as tusks, crests and pointed ears. However, today I’m going to look at another unique and important feature that’s probably...

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The Gargoyles and its Creator

The Gargoyles and its Creator

  Today we're going to talk about something a little different. We're not going to discuss types, features or symbolism, instead this post is devoted solely and exclusively to the maker, the creator, in short, the artist. The gargoyle sculptor.   León...

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