The collections at Loggia explore select areas of study in art and art history, architecture and design, the decorative arts, industrial design, and classical studies such as Greek, Roman, and Celtic mythology.

Gardner's Art Through the Ages

This book is the classic reference for the study of art. It features a history of artists and their works, as well as lucid and engaging descriptions of the styles and periods of art history. Highly recommended for both students and scholars.



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Apollo Crowning Himself

title | Apollo Crowning Himself

artist | Antonio Canova

style | Neoclassicism

date | 1781-2

collection | Getty Museum, Malibu

Art History at a Glance

Apollo was the god of poetry, music, and the sun in Classical mythology. He was renown for his stunningly handsome appearance, and was considered to represent the ideal male form in antiquity. Indeed, many ancient Greek and Roman statues celebrate Apollo's striking good looks. Neoclassical artist Antonio Canova has certainly paid tribute to this venerable tradition in his breathtaking work of sculpture titled Apollo Crowning Himself. The statue also alludes to a passage from Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which the god commemorates his passion for the nymph Daphne by placing a crown of laurel on his head.

For More Information

An article about Apollo in Classical mythology is available at Mythography.


This beautiful book (which is a part of the Phaidon Art & Ideas series) features information about the Neoclassical style. With a combination of informative text and color images, it is an insightful and delightful introduction to an important period in the history of art.