Skip to main content
Holy terrors : gargoyles on medieval buildings
Holy terrors : gargoyles on medieval buildings
Benton, Janetta Rebold, 1945-1997
Books
The true gargoyle is a waterspout, an architectural necessity that medieval artisans transformed into functional fantasies. The informative introduction to Holy Terrors explains everything that is known or conjectured about the history, the construction, the purposes, and the mysterious meanings of these often rude and rowdy characters. The three chapters that follow are devoted to the gargoyles themselves, imaginatively carved of stone in the form of people, real animals, and fantastic beasts. In clear, lively language, Janetta Rebold Benton puts these personality-filled sculptures into the context of medieval life and art and captures their quirky diversity in her engaging color photographs. Concluding the book is an invaluable guide to gargoyle sites throughout western Europe, as well as suggestions for further reading.
Main title:
Edition:
1st ed.
Imprint:
New York : Abbeville Press, c1997.
Collation:
140 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
0789201828
Dewey class:
729.5729.5
LC class:
NB170.
Language:
English
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryHouse and Garden729.5 BENAvailable
0