Gargoyles and Grotesques [Paperback]

Alex Woodcock (Author)

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ISBN: 9780747808312 | Published by: Shire Publications | Year of Publication: 2011 | Language: English 64p, col illus

Gargoyles and Grotesques


A perenially popular feature of medieval architectural decoration, these carvings site at the roofline, the gargoyle throwing rainwater clear of the building and the grotesque performing a purely decorative function. Alex Woodcock, stonemason and archaeologist, traces their history and analyses their artistic context, from their Romanesque beginnings through to their heyday in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, their revival in Victorian times and the tradition of production and conservation that continues today.

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