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.
The first phase of the project, completed in 2016, created three new gallery spaces showcasing still life painting, Dutch and Flemish art in the seventeenth century, and the art of the Rococo. Much more than mere rehangings, these new galleries have been a resounding success with visitors. After such a successful start, we were thrilled to be able to continue this work in the summer of 2018.
Proceeding in the south wing of the museum, these three galleries focus on British art, Neoclassical art, and Italian art of the eighteenth century, providing new historical context for these three important strengths of The Ringling’s collection.
Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723 - 1792), John Manners, Marquis of Granby, 1766, Oil on canvas, Image: 97 x 82 5/16 in. (246.4 x 209.1 cm), Frame (includes wreath at top): 113 1/2 × 94 5/8 × 9 in. (288.3 × 240.4 × 22.9 cm)
Gallery 16 is the new home of British art, highlighting the museum’s remarkable portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, and Allan Ramsay, and sees the return of the well-loved Moonlight Landscape by Joseph Wright of Derby.
Anton Raphael Mengs (German, 1728-1779, active in Dresden, Rome and Madrid), Dream of Joseph, 1774-79, Oil on wood, Frame: 52 1/2 × 42 5/8 × 4 5/16 in. (133.4 × 108.3 × 11 cm) Image: 42 1/2 × 32 13/16 in. (108 × 83.3 cm)
Gallery 17 focuses on the Neoclassical movement in the eighteenth century, with the extraordinary Dream of Joseph by Anton Raphael Mengs returning to view alongside favorites by Angelica Kauffmann and Benjamin West.
Giovanni Paolo Panini and workshop (Italian, 1691 – 1765), Hermes Appears to Calypso, 1718, Oil on canvas, Image: 50 7/8 x 64 3/8 in. (129.2 x 163.5 cm) Frame: 64 1/8 × 77 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (162.9 × 197.5 × 8.9 cm)
Finally, Gallery 18, by far the largest of the three spaces, is devoted to the museum’s exceptional collection of eighteenth-century Italian art, featuring paintings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Giovanni Michele Graneri, and Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari. Previously dispersed over three galleries, these works are now united in one space, allowing for a deeper understanding of period style and greater opportunities for comparative viewing.