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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Sleeping Eros

name | Sleeping Eros

artist | unknown

period | Hellenistic (Ancient Greek Art)

date | circa 250-150 BC

collection | Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In this Hellenistic statue of Eros, were are confronted with an image of the great Greek god of love - represented as a sleeping child. Indeed, the bronze image charmingly captures the innocent slumber of an exhausted child, complete with details such as pudgy limbs and tousled hair. The only thing that distinguishes this statue from being a startlingly lifelike depiction of a baby, in fact, is the addition of tiny wings. One can easily imagine that the artist who created this statue delighted in their ability to "humanize" the irresistible god of love and desire.

While the ancient Greeks regarded Eros as one of the most powerful deities in their pantheon, it is interesting that the god underwent a transformation in art over the centuries. During the Archaic and Classical periods, Eros was commonly represented as an idealized, handsome youth. However, as artists during the Hellenistic era began to experiment with different, less idealized images, depictions of both old and young people were introduced into art. One result was that Eros was portrayed increasingly during this period as a child, in both art and mythology.

Learn more about the god Eros at Mythography.

Art in the Hellenistic Age

Professor J.J. Pollitt brings the drama and dynamism of the Hellenistic period vividly to life in this excellent book. With chapters covering such diverse topics as "Hellenistic baroque" and "Rococo, realism, and the exotic", the reader is introduced to the many changes that took place during this era of artistic innovation.

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.