Month: December 2022

Five Facts about Rubens at The Ringling
The Ringling’s Triumph of the Eucharist paintings—five immense canvases that greet visitors upon entering the galleries of the Museum of Art—are breathtakingly impressive and wow visitors from all over the world every day. However, the history of these works is equally fascinating! Here are five facts about this series by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and his workshop. READ MORE
Guercino and Bisi: Fellow Artists and Friends
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1599 - 1666), called Il Guercino in reference to his pronounced squint, was a leading painter of the Baroque period. He painted this magnificent portrait of his fellow artist and friend, the Franciscan friar Bonaventura Bisi (1601 - 1659), in about 1658-59, toward the end of Bisi’s life. READ MORE
Conserving Emperor Justinian
For the first time in over sixty years, one of the most impressive works of art in The Ringling’s collection will return to view. Measuring a staggering thirteen by twenty-two feet, the painting by 19th-century French artist Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant depicts the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and his counselors engaged in a discussion of religious texts. READ MORE
Karl Bitter’s Twelve Months Panels
From the Huntington Mansion to The Ringling, discover the enchanting marble frieze carved by artist Karl Bitter that adorns Gallery 21 in the Museum of Art. Explore the details of each panel in the slideshow at the end of this post. READ MORE