John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
About The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the State Art Museum of Florida. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is one of the largest university arts complexes in the nation. It features the Ringling's winter residence, Ca' d'Zan, as well as a Museum of Art, a Circus Museum, and an eighteenth-century Italian theater, all situated on a beautiful sixty-six acre estate on the shores of Sarasota Bay. The Museum of Art is world-renowned for its collection of Old Master paintings, which includes works by artists such as Paolo Veronese and Diego Velasquez. It has become synonymous with the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, whose Triumph of the Eucharist series is displayed in two of the most awe-inspiring galleries to be found anywhere in America. In 2011, the Ringling opened Joseph's Coat, a Skyspace by created by artist James Turrell. This extraordinary installation is the cornerstone of a program known as Art of Our Time, which showcases the talents of today's leading visual and performance artists. The Circus Museum documents the rich history of the American circus. It houses a wealth of circus artifacts, as well as the world's largest miniature circus. The Historic Asolo Theater is an active performance space, presenting the best in theater, music, dance, and film. The Ringling estate features an extensive variety of native and exotic trees, as well as the oldest rose garden in Florida, founded by Mable Ringling.
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