This collection contains The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art publications. These publications refer to works of art in the permanent collection, the history of the museum, visiting artists, and museum exhibitions. The authors of these texts include curators, librarians, directors, artists, critics, and exhibition coordinators.
This collection of Ringling Museum newsletters ranges from 1964 to the present. The newsletters generally discuss new initiatives at the museum, exhibitions, new acquisitions to the permanent collection, member events, and publications.
The Ringling Museum is known for our many works by Peter Paul Rubens. He became famous in large part due to his work ethic, producing hundreds of engravings, portraits for the royal houses of Europe, and epically-sized canvases to aid the Counter-Reformation efforts led by Spain in the 16th century.
The Ringling Museum Library maintains a medium-sized collection of books on the history of fashion and costumes. Many of these rare books concentrate on French fashions during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Willy Pogany was an early 20th century artist who worked for Walt Disney and was hired by John Ringling to paint the ceilings of the Ca`d’Zan, the winter residence of the Ringlings, located in Sarasota, Florida. Our digital collection of color plates and book covers are great examples of Pogany’s illustrative work.
The Ringling Art Library maintains a growing collection of nearly 88,000 volumes, active subscriptions to over 100 art periodicals, hundreds of past periodicals bound for research convenience, and a spacious reading room. We provide reference for art related research to our museum curators, college students and professors, our local Sarasota, Florida community and visiting scholars.
Our library website provides subject guides and bibliographies on popular Ringling topics. We also provide outstanding visual resources on our Flickr webpage, including high resolution images of our rare book collections. For additional research assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our museum library hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5pm.