Ringling Complex: Home and Art

What a beautiful piece of property and nice to see little has changed since my last visit.

The Ringling Art Museum

Mr. Ringling was an avid art collector. These priceless Rubens have collectors from round the world visiting for a glance.

Ringling’s collection was eclectic with religious, Egyptian, and Chinese samplings represented. However, what I found most fascinating was the New York City mansion pieces he had purchased and installed in his art museum. Some samplings..

The Huntington Mansion from 1900’s, raised in 1926. Huntington was a railroad magnate, and a collector of art, rare books, and had substantial real estate holdings. His former home now rests on the site of the New York City Tiffany Store.

The John Jacob Astor Mansion. Astor was a businessman, real estate developer, and writer. He died in the sinking of the Titanic.

What a special place. Plan on 3 hours for your visit. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds. A community theater with plays and ballet productions are adjacent to the Ringling Complex. There is much happening in Sarasota culturally.

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