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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.
Posted August 15, 2001
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 !
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