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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Art Speak - Renaissance Art
chiaroscuro | this term refers to effects of light (chiaro) and dark (oscuro) in a painting; the technique of chiaroscuro was used by Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci to achieve a sense of modeling in figures

contrapposto | contrapposto is used to describe a type of pose popular first in ancient Greek (and Roman) art, and then during the Renaissance; in this pose, the weight of a body rests on one leg, while the other leg is relaxed, giving the figure a distinctive "S" curve appearance

fresco | a painting technique in which pigments are applied directly to a plaster wall

grisaille | painting done in monochrome - usually shades of grey; often, these paintings were created to resemble works of sculpture

ignudi | ignudi are images of male nudes (ignudo is used to refer to a single nude); the artist Michelangelo, for example, painted ignudi on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

loggia | a loggia is a gallery formed by a colonnade open on one or more sides

putti | putti - singular putto - are images of winged babies or cherubs, and they were especially popular in Italian Renaissance art

sfumato | this word describes a poetic, hazy effect used by painters to soften the outlines of figures, etc.; artist Leonardo da Vinci perfected the technique of sfumato in the Renaissance


From Abacus to Zeus

Another useful reference book for information about art terms and techniques. It is described as an "illustrated glossary and iconographical guide [that] presents a wealth of information bearing on the history of the visual arts."