One of the Ringling Art Library’s rare books includes a magnificent collection of prints published in 1606 and was recently conserved to repair water damage. When the pastedown was removed, it was discovered that some much earlier pieces of “manuscript waste” had been used in the binding!
In 2017 The Ringling conservation staff began a major restoration treatment of the "Watermelon Regatta." Find out about the conservation process for this unique work, created in Italy in the early 1700s.
The Ringling's Director of Collections, Marian Carpenter, discusses the role of museums in recording and sharing the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and as a place for inclusive discussion and expression. Photographs from The Ringling's collection present a look at the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
“The Glass Pavilion truly represents the global character of The Ringling’s collection,” said Executive Director Steven High. “From Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Argentina, and Australia, the innovative work that artists are creating in glass is truly breathtaking.”
Although we admire works of art for their aesthetic qualities and the pleasure they bring us, the visual arts often address social injustice and send political messages. Three works form The Ringling’s collection exemplify how art has been used in this manner.