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The Gargoyles and Grotesques of Tuscany:

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Corbel under a balcony

Don't bite the postman!

Dragon on a 16th century baptismal font

Bronze door knocker

Crouched under a flower planter at the Bar Iris

Note that the four Fountains below are true gargoyles, as the water flows through their mouths:

Marble gargoyle fountain

ancient wall fountain

Old gargoyle set in a wall

Greenman fountain

Marble carving of a drowning victim

This is not a gargoyle or a grotesque, but I'm including it here because it is one of the most amazing marble carvings that I've seen.
This is in a cemetery in Italy, and memorializes a young man who drowned in 1922, at the age of 23.
The hard marble is carved into breaking waves, flowing over the skull. The victim's bony fingers are submersed in the water,
grasping at the waves, as he tries to pull himself out. I don't find this to be at all morbid;
it is a beautiful memorial and a virtuoso work of sculpture. To create water from marble and to contain so much emotion
in a piece of art is inspiring.

The four pictures below are in Massa, in the heart of the Massa Carrara marble quarrying district.
The bearded face is 4' tall (over one meter):

Bronze door knocker

Faces on a monumental pillar supporting a statue

Massive face

The Ducal Palace in Massa

This is the restored Ducal Palace in Massa. There are actually six grotesque faces in this photo.
The town of Montecatini Terme is world famous for its hot springs. Less known is that it is a treasure trove of grotesques:

Small face in a sea shell on a pediment

Geranium Balcony

Fountain, Piazza del Popolo

Hotel corbels, Via Minzoni

Vase, Via Della Salute

Pediment with open-mouthed face

Column cap with faces

Dragon Lady on Corso Matteotti

Lions rampaging around the window

Balcony with spooky leering face

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