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Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida 34243
Voice: 941-359-5700
Fax: 941-359-5745

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the remarkable legacy of a circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier who endowed the State of Florida with a rich cultural future. As a part of Florida State University, the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, and Ca d'Zan mansion located on a 66-acre estate overlooking Sarasota Bay, is the state art museum of Florida.

In the spirit of America's wealthiest industrialists of the Gilded Age, John left his art collection, including paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Velazquez, Poussin, Van Dyke, and other Baroque masters, to the people of the State of Florida in 1936. Curators of art and generous donors expanded the European collection and added American art, rare antiquities from Cypress, Asian ceramics, drawings, photographs, sculpture, and contemporary art. Today continually changing art exhibitions from around the world enhance the cultural experiences at the Ringling Museum.

John built the Museum of Art in the style of an Italian villa to house his growing collection of European paintings and objects of art.  He had accumulated a treasure house of items, the result of many trips to Europe while searching for new acts for his circus. For years he stored columns, architectural details and many fine art objects. The result is a museum with a courtyard filled with bronze replicas of Greek and Roman sculptures, including a bronze cast of Michelangelo's 'David'.

What began as John Ringling's personal vision in 1911, evolved into a world-renowned cultural legacy.



 

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