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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Primavera - Detail of Chloris

title | Primavera

artist | Sandro Botticelli

period | Early Renaissance

date | circa 1470-80

collection | Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This detail of Botticelli's Primavera represents Chloris, who was a nymph in Classical mythology. In this portion of the painting, Chloris is being pursued by the wind god Zephyrus. She is draped in a diaphanous gown, her golden hair swept by the breeze.

Botticelli has captured Chloris's transformation from a nymph to a goddess and represented this moment most effectively by using a subtle, poetic device - to signal the change, the artist painted flowers emerging from the nymph's mouth. This detail is perhaps one of the most beautiful - and memorable - images in art.

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History of Italian Renaissance Art

In this impressive book, Professor Frederick Hartt examines the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Italian Renaissance. First, the roots of the Renaissance are explored, then the Quattrocento and Cinquecento are revealed in this masterful work.