Paris Gargoyle Contemplation Textural Impressionist Stylized Cityscape
Painting - Oil On Canvas
"Paris Gargoyle Contemplation" by Mona Edulesco.
Textural impressionist stylized cityscape impasto palette knife oil painting 20x20 cm.
This painting captures Paris rooftops and the river Seine seen from the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral towers. In the foreground, the protective eyes of a goat-shaped gargoyle contemplating this apocalyptic view...
I was inspired to paint this scene during my last visit in Paris last month, when I climbed to the towers of Notre Dame de Paris. A very impressive and inspired experience.
In architecture, a gargoyle (from the french "gargouille", word meaning throat or gullet) is a carved or formed grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building, thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between.
Gargoyles are usually an elongated fantastical animal because the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is directed from the wall. When Gothic flying buttresses were used, aqueducts were sometimes cut into the buttress to divert water over the aisle walls.
A gargoyle that is merely decorative, but doesn’t carry water, is more properly called a grotesque, a boss, or, when it is a combination of two or more animals, a chimera.
Gargoyles and grotesques were supposed to protect those inside by frightening away any evil spirits or demons that might try to invade the building. They also served to remind the congregants, most of whom were illiterate, of the pervasiveness of the devil and his minions, the reality of original sin, and one’s need for the protection of the church.
May 16th, 2018
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