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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Gargoyles and Grotesques
Gargoyle on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Gargoyle on Amiens Cathedral, the tallest Gothic church and largest cathedral in France.
The only difference between a gargoyle sculpture and a grotesque sculpture is that gargoyles are designed to carry away water through their mouth as in a waterspout.
In modern terminology the term gargoyle has come to be used for both
forms of this
, form of sculpture.
Examples of Gargoyles are
at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
Gothic gargoyles are
human with creature type features.
more creature with some human feature
more than one type of creature
is depicted in a gargoyle.
an expression of the imagination of their sculptor.
less grotesque, more whimsical
gargoyles are found in more recent gargoyles.
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