This rather distressed-looking grotesque lives on Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, England. He sticks out his tongue and pokes at something inside his mouth, as though he's having some dental problems. I can't help but feel a little sorry for this odd little dude. He belongs to a subset of gargoyles and grotesques known as "mouth pullers"… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England
For a fine art Advent calendar, a charming illustration of a well-dressed little girl by Kate Greenaway.
This weirdly-misshapen face is one of several gargoyles or grotesques located on the infamous Tower of London. Considering the many horrifying things that have happened inside that castle-turned-prison, I would say that his somewhat-twisted appearance is appropriate, though I'm sure this wasn't intentional. Interestingly, the other Tower of London gargoyles I found, though all still disembodied… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Tower of London
The first installment of an art historical advent calendar - features Christ in the House of His Parents by John Everett Millais.
This square-ish fellow kind of reminds me of an early video game creature. When I went to get the image link, I noticed it was titled "Hunky Punk", which I thought was interesting. I googled the term and discovered that "hunky punk" is a term specifically used in Somerset, England to describe grotesques (never true… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Church of St. Denys, Aswarby, Lincolnshire
I'm starting to realize that I prefer older (pre-10th century) medieval manuscripts to later ones. I think I'm attracted to older manuscripts' inherent mysteries - we simply don't know as much about their makers or original owners. Accordingly, today's feature is the St. Cuthbert Gospel, a seventh-century English gospel book now owned by the British… Continue reading St. Cuthbert’s Gospel – Day Twenty of Medieval Manuscripts
The Luttrell Psalter (British Library Add. MS 42130) is a 14th-century English psalter now at the British Library. It's a particularly beautiful example and is celebrated for its animal marginalia and idealized scenes of everyday medieval life.
Bestiaries are among my favorite type of medieval manuscript. Simply put, bestiaries are books of animals, containing illustrations and descriptions of each creature. With a mix of real and imagined creatures, quirky illustrations, and "facts" that are more like myth and allegory, bestiaries are endlessly fascinating and charming.
I've noticed that many of the quirkiest and most unique gargoyles that catch my eye are from England. This little man looks almost like he could be a cartoon character or a figure in an animated movie about the Middle Ages.
I'm quickly becoming obsessed with the gargoyles of Westminster in London. I think they just have such a unique character that sets them apart from the rest. This little guy is more of a grotesque than a true gargoyle, but his charm is exactly the variety that I'm talking about. You can see more of the Westminster gargoyles in this… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Westminster Abbey, London