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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The Cupid Seller

title | The Cupid Seller

artist | Joseph-Marie Vien

style | Neoclassicism

date | 1763

Art History at a Glance

The Cupid Seller is a delightfully charming painting by French artist Joseph-Marie Vien. It features a trio of female figures conducting an intriguing business transaction. The woman on the left side of the work holds a basket of tiny Cupids, and offers one wriggling specimen to a seated lady. This languid lady, with her classical features and garments, gazes wistfully at the diminutive Cupid. And since we know that Cupid was the ancient Roman god of love and desire, we can guess that these Cupids are meant to inspire love as well. It is also interesting to note that Joseph-Marie Vien was himself inspired by an engraving of a Roman wall painting, and he based his design for The Cupid Seller on this work of art.

For More Information

An article about Cupid 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. Author David Irwin has some fascinating chapters, including "The Lure of Italy and Beyond: The Grand Tour", "From Achilles to Wolfe: The Painting of History", and the brilliantly named "Eating your Ice under a Grecian Group: Living with Neoclassicism".