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1997-09-01 Paperback 1st Edition 1st Printing New Magazine Size Paperback with 159 pages. No Defects. A New, Unread Book. A beautiful, square, tight copy with clean, white, ... unmarked, acid-free pages. Outstanding Gift Quality. A Legacy of the Circus King with Text by Various Authors. Color Cover Painting by Peter Paul Rubens. Spectacular Color plus Black and White Photographs, Sketches, and Paintings. A Fantastic Volume! First Edition, First Printing 1996. Published by The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. Sarasota, Florida.....100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! ...Ready To Ship With Tracking From Florida Within 1 Business Day! ...All Items Packaged With Cardboard/Bubble Wrap. Read more Show Less

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This interesting, if marginal, title chronicles the genesis of a significant art collection and the Florentine-style villa in Sarasota where it is housed. The proprietor of the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus, John Ringling (1866-1936) was "the King of the Big Top" and a multimillionaire to boot. With his wife, Mabel, he developed a fervent interest in accumulating European works of art that reflected their eclectic tastes. Despite his tent-show roots, Ringling was no rube or dilettante, and in a few short years he assembled the largest grouping of Italian Baroque paintings in the United States. Among many other treasures, the Ringling Museum (now the State Art Museum of Florida) boasts an elaborately symbolic Lucas Cranach panel, one of Franz Hals's most important portraits, and Thomas Gainsborough's largest canvas. Despite its 48 colorplates, the book focuses mainly on the collectors rather than the collection. Thus, all but museum studies specialists should look instead to Anthony Janson's fine Great Paintings from the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (LJ 7/86) for a general catalog. For large academic libraries.Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780916758363
  • Publisher: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 128

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    a great addition to the literature on art collectors in early 20th century America

    If you have a passion for history, art, Florida, decorative arts, rare books, etc. you need to acquire this well-conceived and interesting title on the history of one of America's greatest art collectors, John Ringling, and the splendid home and art museum he built on sarasota bay. The book includes all new research and many never- before published photographs. The Ringling estate is a must see when you are in Florida.

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