Ringling Museum of Art and Cà d'Zan Mansion
As you turn into long the road leading to the Ringling Museum of Art, you can see the magnificent building just ahead at the end of the road. The Ringling Museum of Art has the look of many fabulous mansions and museums in Europe. The museum and mansion are located on approximately 66 acres of land next to the Sarasota Bay; the land was purchased by Mr. Ringling during the 1920s as part of the boom which took place during that time. The Ringling museum was officially established in 1927.
As you enter the building, you are immediately welcomed with the warm smiles from the attendants behind the large desk located at the entrance of the museum, which is a welcome sight in the somewhat cold and loud reception room. Behind the attendants are a set of very tall and impressive set of glass doors leading to a large courtyard. There an assortment of larger than life cast iron statues in their birth suit are strategically placed, welcoming on lookers, and bringing you back at least for a moment to the great gardens in European museums such as Versailles just outside Paris, France.
As you walk through the museum, you find works of art from the Renaissance time of early 1400s to artists from the 1800s. The first rooms you enter are rather large; they contain enormous tapestries specially bought in Europe for the museum by Mr. Ringling, the docent explained. The museum is divided by era as well as artists. In addition to the old world paintings you find through out the building, there is also a place for what Mr. Ringling was known for, which is, of course the circus. Original colorful posters from the time The Ringling Brother's circus started appear throughout this area. These small, colorful, and historical posters show the circus was such a fun part of American life during those early days. In addition to the museum, Mr. Ringling and Mable his wife built a wonderful waterfront mansion named Cà...
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