Gargoyles and Grotesques

Gargoyles – the amusing, fantastical, and sometimes creepy little stone creatures that often inhabit the drain spouts of medieval churches – are my very favorite topic of research. Together with their close cousins, the grotesques, gargoyles have long been a source of popular fascination, likely in large part because they have consistently defied any generally-accepted scholarly interpretation. As a freshman taking introduction to art history, I remember being told that attempting to find a convincing explanation where so many academics have failed would be a fool’s errand. Naturally, I’ve been obsessed with the topic ever since. I’m not sure I expect to be the person to finally “figure out” gargoyles, but if I can at least contribute something meaningful to the conversation, I will be greatly satisfied. I plan to write a book about gargoyles and their history from the Middle Ages through the present day . While I’m working on it, you can enjoy some of this gargoyle-related content.

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