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A Day at the Ringling Museum of Art

John Ringling is one of the brothers of the famed Ringling Brothers Circus.  He was also an avid art collector. When he died in 1936, his will provided that his estate of about 65 acres in Sarasota, Florida and his art collection go to the people of Florida. The Ringling Museum is now the state’s art museum.

The museum has 21 galleries of European art which were Ringling’s. Additional galleries have been added, including a modern art gallery and an Asian art gallery.

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Museum courtyard

 

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I liked this sofa more than the painting of lottery day in an Italian city

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Perseus saves Andromedia from the sea monster Ceto. (Ovid’s Metamorphoses)

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Salome, stepdaughter of Herod, Roman-appointed ruler of Galilee

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“Art” is not just paintings…

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Dutch cabinet

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French harpsichord

In 2016, the $10 million Gallery for Asian art opened.

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Rhinocerous horn with wood base cup (China, Qing era)

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Ginesh – Hindu god of wisdom

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Mabel Ringling maintained a 27,00 sf rose garden. A smaller version was restored but none of her original roses survived.

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The Ringling mansion, Ca’ D’Zan (Italian for “House of John”) is inspired by the Venetian Gothic palazzos.  The five story, 36,000 sf mansion was completed in 1924 on a waterfront site 1,000 feet long.

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Aerial view of Ringling mansion

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Waterfront patio

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