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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Archaic Art - Introduction
The Archaic period (circa 700 BC - 480 BC) was an important era of innovation and achievement in Greek art history. During this period, ancient Greek artists increasingly came into contact with ideas and styles from outside of Greece. However, it was also a time when vase painting and sculpture began to reflect Greek ideals. In the Archaic period, kouros and kore statues were created, and these stylized images of young men and maidens represent the birth of a particularly Greek artistic obsession - the idealization of the human figure.

In addition, the art of vase painting reached a level of technical and artistic excellence during the Archaic period. From the accomplished works of the master Exekias to the pure bravado of Euphronios, it is clear that Greek vase painting was perfected in the Archaic period.

Archaic Sculpture
Kouros from Anavysos | These stiff, formal, and stylized statues of young men are an important feature of Archaic art, and they are known collectively as kouroi (the plural of kouros); one such image is the Kouros from Anavysos.

Peplos Kore | The word kore means maiden, and it is used to refer to a statue of a female figure; a beautiful example of such a work is the so-called Peplos Kore from the Athenian Acropolis.

Archaic Vase Painting
Achilles and Ajax Gaming | A brilliant example of black figure vase painting, this masterpiece by Exekias is adorned with an intricate image of two famous characters from Greek mythology.

Dionysos with Maenads | This beautiful black figure vase painting by the Amasis Painter depicts the Greek god Dionysos with a pair of attendant maenads.

Fran´┐Żois Vase | This elaborate work of art is a celebration of Greek mythology - it features a series of scenes of gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters.

Sarpedon Vase | Euphronios painted this magnificent image of the death of the hero Sarpedon in the red figure style, and the work is one of the masterpieces in the history of art.


The Art and Culture of Early Greece

Professor Jeffrey M. Hurwit has written a wonderfully engaging book about the art, literature, and poetry of early Greece. Scholars and students alike should enjoy this book. Images of many works of ancient Greek art and an extensive glossary make this an excellent resource.


Greek Art

This beautifully illustrated book (from the Phaidon Art and Ideas series and written by Nigel Spivey) covers the subject of ancient Greek art brilliantly.