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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Reinterpretation of the 12 bronze Chinese zodiac animal heads from an 18th-century water clock
Overview of major artist projects from the first five years of the program
"Interactive cinema" examines consumer culture and capitalism
Examining the modern circus' 250 year history and it's parallels with the visual art of printing
Prints of historic American advertising with words removed reveal subliminal imagery and stereotypes
Spectacular drawings evoke the adventurous era of mid-century design in American performance
60 drawings and etchings for book illustration, as well as a selection of 10 paintings
An interactive installation creating a symbiotic relationship between light and sound