John Ringling bequeathed the museum's incredible collection, along with the museum building and its beautiful gardens and grounds, to the state of Florida.
"Here, in an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens’ Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring palace was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. This is a place of beauty and wonder."
|Lygia and the Bull is a 20th-century original by Itailian-American sculptor Giuseppe Moretti who based it on characters in Henry Sienkiewicz's 1895 novel Quo Vadis. Originally intended for the city of Philadelphia, the bronze piece was bought by John Ringling in the late 1920s when the city fathers disagreed over the sculpture's propriety and removed it from public display.|
|I was totally enchanted by "The Blue Madonna" by Carlo Dolci- could not pull my eyes away.|
Now for one of the two buildings making up the Circus Museum.
"The first museum in the country to document the rich history of the American Circus. It features banners, costumes, wagons and the Wisconsin, the private railcar on which Jon and Mable Ringling traveled in style around the country on business and with the circus."