Walter S. Arnold, Sculptor/Stone Carver: Classically trained in Italy. Custom hand-carved stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.

Walter S. Arnold Sculptor/Stonecarver: Classically trained in Italy. Custom hand-carved stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.Classically trained in Italy. Custom, hand-carved, stone sculpture. Made in the USA and Italy.    Call for an estimate:  (847) 568-1188  or

The Gargoyles and Grotesques of Lecce, Italy:

Lecce, in Puglia in the south of Italy, is famous for it's wondeful take on baroque architecture
carved in the warm beige local limestone. The buildings are covered with Gargoyles Grotesques and Cherubs
Lecce Baroque architecture
Baroque corince with cherubs and inscription Cherubic lettering Cherubs with fonts
This unusal cherub lettering appears on several churches and other in Lecce.
The inscriptions are a bit difficult to decipher, but they are wonderful to look at.
Cherub lettering
baroque column capital Eagle column capital Santa Maria Lecce horses
Some of the distinctive Baroque column capitals on Santa Croce and Santa Maria church.
Cherub on a pediment pouting cherub capital This architectural element is called a broken pediment
Fish pediment Oval window with baroque ornamentation Family crest
It is a delight to discover the imagination of these Lecce carvers and sculptors.
Winged soul on a church Woman and dragon scrollwork Horse and man hold up a cornice
cornice of Santa Croce church Dragon on Santa Croce some odd characters
brackets supporting a balcony winged horse creature weathered brackets with faces
figurative capital Via Umberto Lecce gargloyle worn gargoyle in via Umberto
Phoenix capital Baroque stonework detail of baroque carvings

This is a detail of the baroque pediment on the left.
Dancing cherubs Cherub pilaster column dog and man carved in stone
Lecce at night

Lecce at night
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