Gargoyles and Grotesques
Gargoyles occupy an increasingly prominent cultural position, constantly being used for atmospheric effect in movies and synonymous with the sinister and the Gothic. This text presents an exploration of these enchanting features.
Gargoyles are an architectural feature designed to throw rainwater clear of the walls of a building. Widely used on medieval churches, these water spouts were often richly decorated and fashioned as serpents’ heads and grotesque demons. Today, the term gargoyle is also popularly applied to any carved decorative head or creature high up on a building, and this book is an exploration of all of these enchanting features. Written by an academic and stonecarver, it is the perfect introduction to this fascinating subject from the medieval period to the modern. It explores the typical imagery, the theories that explain them, and considers the carvings within their architectural and social contexts.