Medieval and Renaissance

Staring down at us from the highest points of a Gothic Cathedral are highly animated, fantastically ugly creatures. They're known as gargoyles. Some art historians believe these spirit-figures were added to churches as visual reminders of the horrors of hell. Other scholars believe the creatures were intended to frighten away evil spirits. Some gargoyles seem to be fertility figures, others are merely humorous. Finally, these small sculptures serve a practical purpose: they're often used as rainspouts to channel water off the cathedral roof.

 

STUDENT PROJECT:
Have your students use their imaginations and design their own gargoyles like the ones that appeared on Gothic cathedrals.

OBJECTIVE:

gargoyle Notre Dame

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Photos by leila haj-hassan and Raminagrobis, used with permission.

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