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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Paulina Borghese as Venus Victrix

title | Paulina Borghese as Venus Victrix

artist | Antonio Canova

style | Neoclassicism

date | 1804-08

collection | Galleria Borghese, Rome

Art History at a Glance

The statue Paulina Borghese as Venus Victrix is an intriguing juxtaposition of the real and the mythological. On the one hand, this work by Italian artist Antonio Canova represents a real person - Paulina Borghese, the beautiful sister of Napoleon. On the other, this woman is also cast in the guise of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Suggestive details, such as an apple and the languid pose, especially allude to Venus and her triumphant role in Classical myth.

For More Information

An article about Venus (Aphrodite) 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.