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 Day Dream

title | The Day Dream

artist | Dante Gabriel Rossetti

style | Pre-Raphaelite

date | 1880

collection | Victoria and Albert Museum

Art History at a Glance

The oil painting The Day Dream was inspired by one of artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti's drawings of his beautiful Muse Jane Morris. This drawing depicted Jane sitting in the branches of a tree, and apparently art patron Constantine Ionides was so taken with the image that he commissioned Rossetti to create a painting based on the sketch. Originally, the artist intended to include a poetic reference to Spring in his work, and this idea is confirmed by one of the painting's early titles - Monna Primavera. As Rossetti's composition developed, however, the emphasis changed slightly, and spring flowers were replaced by romantic - and suggestively symbolic - honeysuckle blossoms. Jane Morris's dreamy expression and graceful features complete the mood of reverie that Rossetti sought to express in this compelling painting.


David Rodgers has written this informative and engaging book about the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The book, which is part of the Phaidon Colour Library series, features many of Rossetti's most memorable paintings, including his Beata Beatrix and The Blessed Damozel.