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.
Three more galleries in the Museum of Art have been reinstalled during the summer of 2018, as the major project to re-envision all 21 museum galleries continues. This exciting work is transforming the visitor experience of The Ringling’s collections of European art through new arrangements of artworks, updated labels and didactics, much improved lighting, and modern wall colors.
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.