A Day with the Ringlings

I visited the Ringling Museum down in Sarasota, Florida and I must say I was blown away.  Of course we all grow up hearing about the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and that should obviously mean something, but I never would have imagined it meant the sort of wealth that was on display at the Ringling Museum …

Let me introduce the Ca d’Zan, aka the House of John in Venetian.  This was the Ringling’s winter home, you know, their place down South.  They had been renting off of some friends for years, and in 1924 decided it was time they build their own little something.  The 56-room, five story, 36,000 square-foot house was completed just before Christmas 1925, at a cost of $1.5 million (about $17 million today which seems oddly reasonable all things considered).

Then, there are the gardens – only 27,225 square feet of roses and banyon trees …

Oh, and then the Ringlings started a little art collection.  The best of the best is housed in their on-site museum, which includes paintings and sculptures by the great Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, and Gainsborough.  Not too shabby.

Should you happen to be in Sarasota, it is beyond well worth a trip.  So rad.




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