The Ringling acknowledges with sadness and gratitude the recent passing of Warren Coville. Warren and Margot Coville were prolific collectors and altruistic philanthropists. Their gifts of studio glass, photography and other media have been significant additions to The Ringling’s permanent collection. Their financial support and gifts of glass are recognized in the naming of the Kotler – Coville Pavilion.
The Ringling Art Library’s Special Collections include numerous rare and fascinating books, among them some of the early travel books from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Perhaps one of the rarest, one of only twenty-two copies in libraries today, is Pyramidographic, or A Description of the Pyramids in Egypt, published in London in 1646.
John Ringling purchased the statue, a cast bronze replica after Michelangelo’s David, from the Chiurrazi Foundry outside of Rome, Italy, around the turn of the twentieth century. It was installed in the Museum of Art Courtyard, and became the symbol of the City of Sarasota.
The Ringling Art Library has recently acquired, through the generous funding of the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation, a unique ten-volume set of seventeenth-century emblem books. These volumes significantly add to the Art Library’s current collection of emblem books, some of which are quite rare.
This special exhibition highlights artwork by local children who were inspired by works of art in the museum's collection. Drop by and experience the Ringling collection through a new lens! Our Community Gallery is always free and open to the public, please let our visitor services staff know upon arrival that you will be visiting the gallery.