The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

German; possibly restored in France, Male Angel as Acolyte, 16th century; 19th century. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Artstor has collaborated with The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to share approximately 1,300 images from the museum's permanent collection in the Artstor Digital Library. The art collection of the Ringling Museum of Art comprises more than 15,000 works in six primary areas of interest and acquisition: European art before 1900; Ancient art; decorative arts; modern and contemporary art; Chinese ceramics; and non-western art. The collection of European Art before 1900 consists of paintings, prints, textiles, drawings and manuscripts, with particular strength in Baroque art. The most well-known works are those by Piero di Cosimo, Diego Velázquez, Frans Hals, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, and Peter Paul Rubens' large scale cartoons from the Triumph of the Eucharist series. The Ancient art collection contains Greek, Roman and Cypriot art, ceramics, and sculpture. Decorative arts is represented by the building and furnishings of Ca'd'Zan, the winter home of John and Mable Ringling, as well as the galleries in the museum that contain historic rooms from the Astor and Huntington mansions. In recent years, the museum has collected modern and contemporary art, including prints, photographs, sculptures, paintings, drawings, fine art crafts, mixed media works, and film—particularly works by Florida artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Chamberlain, and Syd Solomon. The collections of non-western art include Chinese ceramics (Koger Collection), earthenware and porcelain, and Indian art. Artstor is also sharing approximately 4,800 images of posters and photographs documenting the history of the circus from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Circus Collection.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has a diverse collection including an internationally renowned collection of fine and decorative arts. The core of the art museum consists of the personal collection acquired by John Ringling (1866 – 1936), circus promoter and best-known of the five siblings who started the Ringling Bros. Circus in 1884. First arriving in Sarasota, Florida in 1909, John and Mable would complete their winter home, Ca'd'Zan, in 1926, which is open to the public. In 1925, Ringling engaged architect John H. Phillips to design a museum to house his personal collection of art, which was officially opened to the public in 1931. At the time of his death, Ringling left his art collection and estate to the people of the State of Florida. Established in 1948, the Ringling Museum of the American Circus became the first museum to document the rich history of the American circus. In 2000, the State of Florida transferred stewardship of the Ringling Museum to Florida State University, establishing the Ringling estate as one of the nation's largest museum/university complexes.