The Ringling is proud to announce the publication of a new catalogue of its Italian, Spanish, and French paintings, produced by former Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections, Dr. Virginia Brilliant. Combining a wealth of new scholarship with previously unpublished documentation, this beautifully illustrated volume offers the first comprehensive examination of The Ringling's outstanding collection of more than 300 Old Master paintings from Italy, Spain, and France. The collection is the largest and most significant of its kind in the southeastern United States. It includes masterworks by artists such as Piero di Cosimo, Paolo Veronese, Jusepe de Ribera, Diego Velázquez, Noël-Nicolas Coypel, and Jean-Marc Nattier.
A remarkable achievement, the catalogue is the culmination of nearly five years of research by Dr. Brilliant, with assistance from colleagues in The Ringling's curatorial, registration, and conservation departments. The catalogue features extensive information about each painting, including attribution, date, subject, technique, materials, provenance, conservation history, and bibliography. Every entry is accompanied by newly commissioned color photography.
Dr. Brilliant is currently the Curator-in-Charge of European Paintings at The fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Prior to joining The Ringling in 2008, she held curatorial positions at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She obtained her PhD in the field of early Italian painting and sculpture from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
The catalogue costs $95, and is available in the Museum Store. Contact the Museum Store by calling 941-359-5700 ext. 1110