French · Gargoyles

Charles Meryon’s “Le Stryge” (a Grotesque)

Charles Méryon (1821-1868) was a very talented French etcher who is best known for his series of prints depicting Paris. (Etching is a form of printmaking.) One of his most famous prints depicts a grotesque on the façade of Notre-Dame de Paris. Apparently, Méryon's image is a big part of how this grotesque became so iconic.

Medieval Art and Architecture · Museums

Enjoying a medieval fantasy at the Cloisters

The Cloisters is a museum of medieval art, but I think it's more than that. To me, it's also a sort of medieval fantasy land (in a good way). The museum building is neo-medieval structure that incorporates genuine pieces of Romanesque and Gothic architecture within it. Spending time there is a little like being transported to another time and place.


The Gargoyle Appreciation Society

One of the most rewarding aspect of writing this blog has definitely been realizing how many other people share my fascination with gargoyles and grotesques! It has been so wonderful and surprising to hear friends and readers tell me they enjoy my gargoyle posts and miss them when I take a break from them. It… Continue reading The Gargoyle Appreciation Society


Think gargoyle-ly, act locally

I spent my Saturday morning gargoyle hunting, and I found these charming little grotesques on a small house on the grounds of a church I sometimes attend. (To be more accurate, I already knew of their existence. I didn't find them as much as I sought them out to take their picture.) Interestingly, I didn't spot a single gargoyle… Continue reading Think gargoyle-ly, act locally

Field Guide to Gargoyles

Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Five: What Is Their Significance?

Welcome to the fifth and final installment of the Field Guide to Gargoyles! By the end of this post, you'll be well prepared to study any gargoyle you encounter in the wild! Gargoyle on Zagreb Cathedral. By Bizutage (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons What is their significance? No one is really sure… Continue reading Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Five: What Is Their Significance?