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.
Legend has it that during construction in the 1970s or 1980s, 22 exquisite Renaissance watches were found beneath the art museum’s office floorboards... Mysteries surround the objects John Ringling purchased from Ava Vanderbilt Belmont.
Blue was once one of the most difficult colors to attain, making it even more expensive than gold. When a patron commissioned a work of art, he or she would usually specify the amount of money an artist should spend on the blue.
You can now access information on nearly 45,000 objects in the Ringling collection from the comfort of your own home! The Ringling’s recent upgrade of eMuseum has more than doubled the number of object records available to the public.
Whether you loved the new Star Wars film or found it a bit flawed, there is no doubt that December 2015 was devoted to droids, lightsabers, and the return of an Empire, George Lucas’ Empire that is. The addition to the epic space saga may not have been everyone’s cup of whatever they serve at the Mos Eisley Cantina, but you can’t argue that the movie has been a global phenomenon breaking opening weekend records.