The home of the circus king and his wife, a couple from humble mid-western origins, Ca’ d’Zan stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the Venice canals, this dazzling palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved. To honor its owner, they named it Ca’ d’Zan, “House of John”, in the dialect of their beloved Venice.
Each visitor will be led through a series of performance encounters ranging from the intimate to the spectacular in elaborate experiments that will uncover the psychogeographic qualities of The Ringling galleries and gardens.
Stroll The Ringling estate, taste fine wine and delight in delicious food pairings and entertainment. The annual Wine Walk to Ca’ d’Zan is a self-guided wine tasting tour along the drive to John and Mable Ringling’s historic mansion overlooking Sarasota Bay.
Friends of the Ringling Legacy celebrate the history of John and Mable Ringling and their vision for their home, art museum, and the circus that made it all possible. Friends of the Ringling Legacy will have unique opportunities to explore Ca' d'Zan, the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum and the Bayfront Gardens.
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The American circus has often reached out to the rich traditions of the global circus community. Hear the stories of these performers and entrepreneurs who brought their talent and skills to American, enriching this already phenomenally popular entertainment.
The art of medieval Europe-stained glass windows, mesmerizing church bells, and tapestries depicting fragrant gardens- stirred the senses. Join Virginia Brilliant, The Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections, for an introduction to A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe.
By combining the visual and aural arts, the music of the Brooklyn based performance artists Chargaux will give us the opportunity to “see” paintings differently in The Ringling collection by “hearing” them.