Gothic Gargoylesby Bill Yenne
In the great cities of Europe, the home of our Western classical sculptural heritage, people marvel at floodlit Donatellos, splendidly exhibited Michelangelos, and the wonderful statues that adorn the majestic cathedrals. But as the sun sets, another breed of beast, the product of the hand of a different sort of sculptor comes into its hour. They are beasts which sit as they have for as long as eight centuries, peering down upon the sleeping European cities and towns. They are the Gothic gargoyles. They are of a breed of creatures which frighten us with their appearance, while intriguing us with their mystery.
Art historian John Stocking once said that a Gothic cathedral is like a cave-rich in stalagmites and stalactites-turned inside out. And just as the formations within caves often have the appearance of being living things, so too do the surfaces of the cathedrals and the gargoyles that live amid the intricate details of those surfaces.
This book is the story of these little known beasts that inhabit those caves turned inside out, and a tribute to the anonymous craftsmen who created them. As the lights go out across Europe tonight, the gargoyles will stretch their stony necks, glance about the stare down at lively cities and sleeping villages as they have for eight centuries or so, their origins sill comfortably obscure and forever mysterious.
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the introduction (50 pages) is very interesting : it tries to explain the origin of gargoyles, why they were built and the places where we can see them. It also deals with the different species of gargoyles and more generally it describes the great gothic buildings. This book contains wonderful pictures of gargoyles and it is a real pleasure for the eyes !