John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243


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Built by the circus impresario on 20 acres of waterfront property, in the Venetian Gothic style, the 36,000 square foot bay-front mansion, Ca’ d’Zan,  has 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. The mansion houses the Ringling collection of decorative arts and furniture.

John Ringling built a 21-gallery museum on the property, modeled on the Florentine Uffizi Gallery, to house his collection of paintings and art objects, including works by Velazquez, Poussin, van Dyke, and Rubens. and replicas of Greek and Roman sculpture. The historical, modern and contemporary collection comprises Asian, European and American art.

A Circus Museum is located on one edge of the extensive gardens. The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University.

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