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 Blessed Damozel

title | The Blessed Damozel

artist | Dante Gabriel Rossetti

style | Pre-Raphaelite

date | 1871-7

collection | Fogg Museum of Art

Art History at a Glance

Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti was inspired by one of his works of poetry when he painted The Blessed Damozel. In this image, the auburn-haired female figure looks longingly at a man who reclines in a bottom panel (or predella). We learn from Rossetti's poem that the Damozel resides in heaven, and is therefore separated from her earthly lover. The lilies that the Damozel holds are symbols of her purity and virtue, and the trio of child-like angels also reinforces the theme of innocence and heavenly love. It is also worth mentioning that the model for the Blessed Damozel was the Pre-Raphaelite 'stunner' Alexa Wilding.


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.